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1899 Morgan. Is this a new VAM?

Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:05 am
by wags1990
I have an 1899-S Morgan and I can’t narrow down its VAM. Any help would be appreciated.
1. The last 9 has an odd strike
2. Multiple die cracks along stars
3. Lips have weird indents around them
4. The S mint is tilted right.
5. Huge die crack above date in the flowing hair and extends into lower neck

I see VAMS for tilted S, but none that have tilted S along with weird 9 and lip indents all together

Re: 1899 Morgan. Is this a new VAM?

Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:11 am
by messydesk
The surface of the 9 is messed up from damage, but look above the 2nd 9 and you should see that the date is repunched. You'll probably also find the underside of the flag of the 1 and the top right of the 1st 9 doubled. These are the keys to identifying this popular variety.

Die cracks develop over time, so they aren't on every coin made by a specific set of dies. The cracks on your coin aren't large enough to be considered breaks, so they wouldn't be listed as a sub-variety.

Re: 1899 Morgan. Is this a new VAM?

Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:59 am
by wags1990
So VAM 7?

Re: 1899 Morgan. Is this a new VAM?

Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:53 am
by messydesk
Yes

Re: 1899 Morgan. Is this a new VAM?

Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:00 am
by wags1990
Oh wow. That’s a Top 100!