Amber Alert - 1894S Worm Eye

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LateDateMorganGuy
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Amber Alert - 1894S Worm Eye

Post by LateDateMorganGuy » Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:43 pm

Just finished a die study of the 1894-S series. It appears that the VAM-1A Worm Eye obverse was hijacked and paired with three different reverse dies. The gouge at eagle's 6-7 lower tail feathers is only present on one of the reverses. Check your Worm Eye's for the correct reverse. There are two new listings available to anyone that wants one.

Die Studies Folks, Die Studies.
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Re: Amber Alert - 1894S Worm Eye

Post by blh74 » Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:49 am

I have a nice unc. one with the reverse RD1

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Re: Amber Alert - 1894S Worm Eye

Post by alefzero » Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:51 am

Wow. Definitely different reverse dies. What a bizarre date for that too.

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Re: Amber Alert - 1894S Worm Eye

Post by Mhomei » Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:30 pm

Nice work Alan
The LFCP on the page is mine
Feel free to mark it RD6

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Re: Amber Alert - 1894S Worm Eye

Post by LateDateMorganGuy » Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:44 pm

RD1 is the one with the gouge at 6-7 lower tail feathers and is a single use die.
RD6 is a late die state reverse where a gouge on the EDS has been polished down. See below. This reverse die was used with 3 different obverse dies.
RD13 is a single use die.

There was a LOT of die incest at the SF Mint for Morgan dollars in 1894.

All 3 reverse dies with the Worm Eye obverse are readily available. Cracks that develop on all three reverse dies are different and confirm the different dies.
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