1882-CC VAM-7 Doubled 882, Cap Back Break, Lip Counter Clash Break, Right C Set Low
Discovered April 2013 by Mark Daveler.
2013 VAM Discovery of the Year by the Society of Silver Dollar Collectors.
7 III2 2 · C3c (Doubled 882, Cap Back Break, Lip Counter Clash Break, Right C Set Low) (?) I-3 R-6
Obverse III2 2 - Die state 2E of VAM-2 with lip counter-clash break, cap back break, gouges at wheat leaves
Reverse C3c - Low set right 'C' mint mark of VAM-3. No gouges at eagle's left wing-body.
Leroy Van Allen adds that he "would need to see a higher-grade specimen to confirm the 2E Obv clashed letters and Rev EDS die markers, as well as the reed count".
1. This is just the fourth die pairing known for '82-CC Morgan dollars, and the first to have been discovered since 1976.
2. The VAM-7 pairing was created when the well-used VAM-2 Sequence pairing was finally broken up by retiring the nearly exhausted "Winged 'L'" Rev (C3b) and coupling a fresh Rev (C3c) with the Very Late Die State VAM-2 Obv.
3. While in this configuration a single clashing event occurred.
4. The possibility that this event might have been 'fatal' to the VLDS Obv in use at that time had to be considered until a clashed VAM-7 was found.
5. The existence of a VAM-7 specimen exhibiting the effects of this VAM-7 pairing clash event was confirmed in November, 2014.
6. Soon after that clash event and a small amount of additional production, the VLDS VAM-2/VAM-7 Obv was also replaced, creating VAM-3.
7. Examples of any kind of this short-lived, transitional VAM-7 die pairing are very rare.
8. Including the 1st one sighted in March, 2012, just nine examples (6 un-clashed, 3 clashed) have been reported. (June 21st, 2018)
LVA Plate Photos:
Photos of the ANACS VG8 Discovery Piece:
VAM-7 has not yet been found in better than "Fine" condition. Fortunately, the features that allow for positive identification of the dies used can still be discerned, even on very highly-circulated examples.
Cap Back Break and Cap Top Break
Lip Counter-Clash Break and "Right C Set Low'" Mint Mark
Mint Mark Comparison Photos:
Since all VAM-7 examples will exhibit the Cap Back Break also seen on every VAM-2C2 through -2E coin, differentiating the VAM-7/3 Sequence Reverse from the VAM-2 Reverse becomes crucial to attributing a VAM-7. This can be done by noting the position of the mint mark's Right 'C' relative to the 'O' beneath it.
A line drawn along the right outside edge of VAM-7's Right 'C' (C3c) would point to the middle of the 'Os left upright, whereas the right outside edge of the VAM-2 Sequence mint mark (C3b) is in line with the top inside edge of the 'Os left upright. Note: that the gap between the bottom of the wreath bow and the top right corner of 'CC' is noticeably larger on VAM-7 than on VAM-2.
VAM-7 Clash Photos:
Evidence of the VAM-7 clashing event is seen on the Rev as single lines joining the Eagle's wings with both wreath tips, as well as clashed profile lines inside the Left Wreath. The full effect on the Obv cannot be determined from this VG08 .....
The clashed back of the cap inside the Right Wreath is particularly strong. There is also a corresponding fresh wing edge clash mark below the Cap Back Break.
Below are the profile clashes from the VAM-7 event, PCGS VG08 VAM-7 on the left, and as seen on a PCGS MS62DMPL very early die state VAM-3 on the right.
It was the mismatched Obv/clashed Rev nature of VEDS VAM-3 that originally suggested there'd been an earlier use of the C3c Rev --- the die pairing that is now VAM-7.
Full-coin photos of VAM-7 courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries, attributed by Hairsplitter.
(This was the first known sighting of a coin that could later be designated "VAM-7")--- First Sighted but not the Discovery Piece.
No known qualifying transactions.
Condition Census: Nine coins total known (5/25/'18): PCGS and NGC do not attribute this variety
ANACS VG08 -- Discovery Piece
ANACS AG-03 (Clashed, not attributed on holder)
NGC Fine - Details (Improperly Cleaned)
NGC Good - Details (Improperly Cleaned).....LFCPs seen above.
PCGS VG08 (Clashed)
1 raw VG10 (Clashed)
1 raw horribly abused G4
About this Variety from Coin World For the first time in 37 years, a new die marriage has been discovered for the 1882-CC Morgan dollar. The variety was uncovered as a direct result of research into the complex progressions known for this date. Prior to the find, indications suggested the existence of an unknown marriage based on the stages of the reported listings.
In an April 23 letter, Leroy Van Allen added the VAM-7 1882-CC dollar to his listings. It will be published in next year’s edition of New VAM Varieties of Morgan Dollars.
Reported by Mark Daveler, the find is a combination of two previously known dies. The obverse is a match for the VAM-2E stage, another discovery for this date by Daveler. The reverse is the now earliest known stage of the die paired with all the various major and minor stages in the VAM-3 progression. Early stages of the VAM-3 are clashed on the reverse only, which is a clear indication the event occurred in a previous marriage. This had been a long-standing unsolved mystery.
More than 50 percent of the total mintage was in the General Service Administration sales. It is among the most commonly encountered dates in the GSA’s hard plastic holder. It is odd that the issue is common in Mint State, but quite rare in circulated grades