1885-O VAMs

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Mintage 9,185,000
Dies Used 124 pairs
Rarity in PL 5/10 (less common)
Die Study yes

One of the common dates released by the millions along with 83-O and 84-O during the 1962 Treasury release, 1885-O can be easily found in all grades. Strike and luster can be an issue, so it's best to be choosy, especially given the availability. Deep mirror prooflike specimens are not as common as for 83-O or 84-O, although normal prooflike coins aren't difficult to find. It is common to find 85-O with embedded sawdust, as that is how planchets were dried at the mint. There is not much of major interest in terms of varieties for this date. Changing from the oval O to the round O mint mark seemingly eliminated a lot of repunched mint marks. There are a few minor repunched dates and one notable shattered obverse die (VAM 25A).

Attribution Guides for 1885-O

1885-O Obverses
1885-O Reverses
1885-O Dashed 8s

Official VAM Listing

New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-1 Normal Die Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-1A Rusted Wing Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-1C Die gouges wing Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-2 Doubled 5 Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-3 Doubled 18 Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-4 Doubled 18 Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-5 Slanted High Far Date Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-7 Dash Under 8 (May be the same as VAM-14)
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-9 Doubled 885, Low Date, Doubled Ear Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-10 Dash Under 8, Bar Ear Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-11 Far Date, High O, Die Gouge Wreath Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-12 Dash Under 8, Thread Impression Upper Lip *Revised 2020*
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-13 Far Date Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-14 Dash Under 8, O shifted right Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-15 Doubled AMERICA, Gouge in Wing (LVA: "Tentatively eliminated, likely LDS of VAM 28")
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-16 Dash Under 8, Far Date, Doubled Arrows, O Shifted Right
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-17 8 in Denticles, Far Date Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-18 Doubled 18 Top & Ear, Far Date Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-18A Doubled 18 Top & Ear, Far Date, Die Scratch D, Break E Lfcp-icon.jpg *Revised 2019*
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-18B Doubled 18 Top & Ear, Far Date, Clashed Obverse N *New 2019*
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-19 Doubled Ear, High O (AKA VAM 9)
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-20 Doubled Ear Right (AKA VAM 9)
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-21 Far Date, Doubled 5 Weak
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-22 Doubled Arrow Feathers
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-23 Doubled Arrow Shafts, O Set Right Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-24 Doubled Ear Right and Arrows Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-25 Faint Dash Under 8
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-25A Faint Dash Under 8, Breaks Top of Cap & RI (WOW! Morgan VAM) Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-26 Doubled 18
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-28 1 in Denticles, Doubled AMERICA, Gouge in Wing Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-29 Doubled 885, Dash 8
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-30 Doubled Left 8, O Tilted Right
New White Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-31 Doubled Ear, O Tilted Right
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-33 Faint Scribbles Face, Doubled Arrows, Die Scratches Wings) Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1885-O VAM-34 Slightly Doubled 88, Light Polishing Lines Face & Neck

List of Past VAM Assignments

VAM-Delisted.jpg 1885-O VAM 1B (Eliminated, became VAM-25A)
VAM-Delisted.jpg 1885-O VAM-1D Die scratches wing (Eliminated, same as VAM-33)
VAM-Delisted.jpg 1885-O VAM-5A Slanted High Far Date, Die Scratch D (Eliminated, became VAM-18A)
VAM-Delisted.jpg 1885-O VAM-6 Low Date (Eliminated, same as VAM-9)
VAM-Delisted.jpg 1885-O VAM-8 (Eliminated, became VAM 23, O Shifted Right
VAM-Delisted.jpg 1885-O VAM-11A Eliminated as die gouge is found in earliest die state. Far Date, High O, Die Gouge Wreath
VAM-Delisted.jpg 1885-O VAM-13A Far Date, Clashed Obverse N Lfcp-icon.jpg
VAM-Delisted.jpg 1885-O VAM-27 Far Date, Doubled Ear (Eliminated, became VAM-18A)
VAM-Delisted.jpg 1885-O VAM-32 Far Date, O Shifted Right (Eliminated, same as VAM-28)
VAM-Delisted.jpg 1885-O VAM-35 Dash Under 8, O/O Left Slanted, Thread Impression Upper Lip (Eliminated, same as VAM-12)


Legend:
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Lfcp-icon.jpg Full-coin photo of VAM.
VAM-Delisted.jpg VAM has been eliminated altogether or phased into another number.
New White Camera.jpg No photos posted for this VAM.
Pcgsvam.jpg This VAM is recognized by PCGS.
Ngcvam.jpg This VAM is recognized by NGC.
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