1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

General discussion board about VAMs, but no buy/sell offers
User avatar
jtlee321
Posts: 56
Joined: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:39 pm

1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by jtlee321 » Sun Feb 13, 2022 2:21 am

It's been a loooong time since I've been in here and posted anything. But I found this spectacular looking 1888-S VAM-3a1 that I thought I should share with you all. The clashing is gorgeous, but the contrast is what really makes this a beauty. Heavy die polish lines on the obverse and reverse. I've shared this privately with @messydesk and I will be sending it to him to study. I'd love to hear any of your opinions on it.
1888-S-Morgan-Dollar-PCGS-MS-63-VAM-3a1.jpg
1888-S-Morgan-Dollar-PCGS-MS-63-VAM-3a1.jpg (137.55 KiB) Viewed 3142 times
1888-S-Morgan-Dollar-Obverse-JLNP.jpg
1888-S-Morgan-Dollar-Obverse-JLNP.jpg (313.18 KiB) Viewed 3142 times
1888-S-Morgan-Dollar-Reverse-JLNP.jpg
1888-S-Morgan-Dollar-Reverse-JLNP.jpg (301.27 KiB) Viewed 3142 times
Obverse-Clash-Detail-1-SM.jpg
Obverse-Clash-Detail-1-SM.jpg (279 KiB) Viewed 3142 times
Obverse-Clash-Detail-2-SM.jpg
Obverse-Clash-Detail-2-SM.jpg (253.46 KiB) Viewed 3142 times

User avatar
messydesk
Site Admin
Posts: 3409
Joined: Mon May 28, 2018 1:57 am

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by messydesk » Sun Feb 13, 2022 2:26 am

Great high-contrast clash, and I can't wait to see it!
Welcome to the VAMWorld 2.0 discussion boards. R.I.P. old VAMWorld.

User avatar
jtlee321
Posts: 56
Joined: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:39 pm

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by jtlee321 » Sun Feb 13, 2022 2:36 am

It's amazing in that it's not deep, but when the light hits it just right, it pops! I'm curious as to how soon after those dies clashed, this coin was struck. I don't think it could not have been too long.

I'll try to get this out to you next week. Should I use the address from your site?

User avatar
messydesk
Site Admin
Posts: 3409
Joined: Mon May 28, 2018 1:57 am

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by messydesk » Sun Feb 13, 2022 2:45 am

jtlee321 wrote:
Sun Feb 13, 2022 2:36 am
It's amazing in that it's not deep, but when the light hits it just right, it pops! I'm curious as to how soon after those dies clashed, this coin was struck. I don't think it could not have been too long.

I'll try to get this out to you next week. Should I use the address from your site?
Yes
Welcome to the VAMWorld 2.0 discussion boards. R.I.P. old VAMWorld.

User avatar
ljs123
Posts: 1650
Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:16 pm

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by ljs123 » Sun Feb 13, 2022 3:03 am

Great VAM
Not many of those in MS.
Congratulations

Now that I think about it, not many have shown up regardless of grade.

JASONKFLO
Posts: 682
Joined: Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:59 am
Location: EMMETT IDAHO

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by JASONKFLO » Sun Feb 13, 2022 3:16 am

Wow sweet coin . I have one in AU-55 looks prooflike .
Jason Floyd
I climb Mountains , Grow Bamboo and like Coins

blh74
Posts: 745
Joined: Wed May 30, 2018 1:28 am

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by blh74 » Sun Feb 13, 2022 8:39 am

I have a 1878 S V49 with very similar die polishing. On the obverse only, and no clash marks. I will send mine to Messydesk for his opinion. Thanks for sharing your coin.

keilg1
Posts: 310
Joined: Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:36 pm
Location: Nottingham, UK

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by keilg1 » Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:40 am

BOOM! What a great find.

The abrasive polishing seen from the San Fran mint most years looked liked an early version of "anger management" than anything to me... ;)

I have an 86-S with some great polishing lines but nothing like yours. And that clash is fantastic...

#openlyjealous

fogie
Posts: 1196
Joined: Thu May 31, 2018 9:45 pm
Location: Arizona

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by fogie » Sun Feb 13, 2022 4:58 pm

That is a really cool find! Good on you!!!!

User avatar
jtlee321
Posts: 56
Joined: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:39 pm

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by jtlee321 » Sun Feb 13, 2022 5:05 pm

blh74 wrote:
Sun Feb 13, 2022 8:39 am
I have a 1878 S V49 with very similar die polishing. On the obverse only, and no clash marks. I will send mine to Messydesk for his opinion. Thanks for sharing your coin.
keilg1 wrote:
Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:40 am
BOOM! What a great find.

The abrasive polishing seen from the San Fran mint most years looked liked an early version of "anger management" than anything to me... ;)

I have an 86-S with some great polishing lines but nothing like yours. And that clash is fantastic...

#openlyjealous
The sellers images showed the die polish lines which is what initially drew my attention to the coin. I love the look of heavy die polish, such as that found on the 1903 V-1a. I then noticed that the coin had a gold shield and new there was a TV taken of it. So I checked it out over on PCGS. That's when I saw the clashing.

Sellers pics:
1888-S Slab Front Sellers.jpeg
1888-S Slab Front Sellers.jpeg (122.56 KiB) Viewed 3075 times
1888-S Slab Back Sellers.jpeg
1888-S Slab Back Sellers.jpeg (119.91 KiB) Viewed 3075 times
PCGS Truview:
1888-S-PCGS-Trueview-SM.jpg
1888-S-PCGS-Trueview-SM.jpg (133.68 KiB) Viewed 3075 times

PickNGrin
Posts: 160
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:17 am

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by PickNGrin » Sun Feb 13, 2022 6:28 pm

NICE PICK! NEED TO USE THIS COIN FOR THE VW PHOTO.

User avatar
messydesk
Site Admin
Posts: 3409
Joined: Mon May 28, 2018 1:57 am

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by messydesk » Sun Feb 13, 2022 6:42 pm

PickNGrin wrote:
Sun Feb 13, 2022 6:28 pm
NICE PICK! NEED TO USE THIS COIN FOR THE VW PHOTO.
Can't use PCGS TrueViews in this manner.
Welcome to the VAMWorld 2.0 discussion boards. R.I.P. old VAMWorld.

JASONKFLO
Posts: 682
Joined: Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:59 am
Location: EMMETT IDAHO

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by JASONKFLO » Sun Feb 13, 2022 8:27 pm

if anyone needs pics for the page I can gladly send mine in as well. It has a nice clash with nice letter transfer though not like the true view pics on this one.
Jason Floyd
I climb Mountains , Grow Bamboo and like Coins

PickNGrin
Posts: 160
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:17 am

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by PickNGrin » Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:26 pm

messydesk wrote:
Sun Feb 13, 2022 6:42 pm
PickNGrin wrote:
Sun Feb 13, 2022 6:28 pm
NICE PICK! NEED TO USE THIS COIN FOR THE VW PHOTO.
Can't use PCGS TrueViews in this manner.
Hi John,

I meant the coin not the photo. Pic on VW is not that clear. :D

lured_in_again
Posts: 522
Joined: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:16 pm

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by lured_in_again » Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:57 pm

What a great looking clash.... I like it!

User avatar
messydesk
Site Admin
Posts: 3409
Joined: Mon May 28, 2018 1:57 am

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by messydesk » Sun Feb 13, 2022 10:05 pm

PickNGrin wrote:
Sun Feb 13, 2022 9:26 pm
messydesk wrote:
Sun Feb 13, 2022 6:42 pm
PickNGrin wrote:
Sun Feb 13, 2022 6:28 pm
NICE PICK! NEED TO USE THIS COIN FOR THE VW PHOTO.
Can't use PCGS TrueViews in this manner.
Hi John,

I meant the coin not the photo. Pic on VW is not that clear. :D
I figured you did, but I just wanted to make it clear not to use TrueViews in general. I'll shoot some pictures when I get it.
Welcome to the VAMWorld 2.0 discussion boards. R.I.P. old VAMWorld.

Mhomei
Posts: 681
Joined: Mon May 28, 2018 7:23 pm
Location: New Jersey

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by Mhomei » Sun Feb 13, 2022 10:40 pm

Awesome.congrats.you suck

User avatar
LateDateMorganGuy
Posts: 867
Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:11 am

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by LateDateMorganGuy » Sun Feb 13, 2022 11:16 pm

This is a tuff die stage in this die marriage. You should go play the lottery!!! :o

User avatar
...kenny
Posts: 1533
Joined: Wed May 30, 2018 11:58 pm
Location: Big Rock, New Hampshire
Contact:

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by ...kenny » Sun Feb 13, 2022 11:18 pm

Been a LONG time, too long! Missed having your input. Welcome back!! The VAM rocks too...kenny

For those of you that don't know Mr. Lee, he is one of the founders of VW 1.0 and a VAMmers VAMmer...
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my.........Ahh........Uhmm........something, something, something..... :lol: :lol: :lol:

dave700x
Posts: 502
Joined: Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:36 am
Location: Texas

Re: 1888-S VAM-3a1 off eBay

Post by dave700x » Sun Feb 13, 2022 11:38 pm

Wow! Great pick and pic Jet! :shock: 8-)
1883-O nut

Post Reply