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1897-S VAM?

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:26 am
by madbirder
I've got an 1897-S that I can't assign to any of the existing VAMs. None of the VAMs mention a doubled date. Some mention doubled 1-7 some 18-7 but none the full date. Of the 3 near date VAMs none fit either. My coin has a lot of polishing marks which I can't find on any of the existing VAMs and a doubled left outer leg. With as many PUPs, I thought at least one would show up. I'm hesitant to ask if this might be a new VAM but I can find nothing similar to it. Any thoughts would be most welcome.

Re: 1897-S VAM?

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:27 am
by madbirder
more pics

Re: 1897-S VAM?

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:28 am
by madbirder
a few more pics

Re: 1897-S VAM?

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:30 am
by madbirder
last few pics

Re: 1897-S VAM?

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:30 am
by madbirder
not sure about this gouge, PMD?

Re: 1897-S VAM?

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:35 am
by madbirder
some wing polishing lines

Re: 1897-S VAM?

Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2021 10:58 am
by keilg1
Definitely doesn't appear to be the 9, 10 or 13.

I'll post a picture of mine separately, as I have a near date that might be a LDS VAm-10 but doesn't totally align with those - nor does it with yours.

Looking forward to hearing what more experienced eyes and brains suggest to you (and me).

Gary

Re: 1897-S VAM?

Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:16 pm
by fogie
1897-S VAM-2. You have the spike under the serif of 1. I have 3 of these and all have the gouges/die polish lines in the field at the chin-neck. Yours is quite a late die state as it has die cracks - none of mine have any die cracks.

Re: 1897-S VAM?

Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2021 8:39 pm
by madbirder
fogie wrote:
Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:16 pm
1897-S VAM-2. You have the spike under the serif of 1. I have 3 of these and all have the gouges/die polish lines in the field at the chin-neck. Yours is quite a late die state as it has die cracks - none of mine have any die cracks.
Thanks, of all the things I noticed on my coin, that small spike was not one of the things I picked up. :lol:

Had to turn it around to get the light on it right but did find it so I appreciate the help. The mint mark photo on here didn't have the polishing lines that mine did so I didn't check this one too hard.

Is it worth adding some photos?

Re: 1897-S VAM?

Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2021 2:31 am
by fogie
I generally think more pictures are better - this is no exception!