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1886-O VAM-1A

1886-O VAM-1A Clashed E Reverse

Discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.
This coin is a Top 100 and a WOW! Morgan VAM.
1A(revised) III21 · C3a (Clashed Obverse t, Clashed Reverse BER) (181) I-4 R-4
Obverse 11121 - Clashed die with partial incuse t of Trust from reverse showing in right hair vee of lower hair edge for late clashed dies with seven clashes.
Reverse C3a– Clashed die with full raised E below eagle’s tail feathers on left side and partial B & R next to E from obverse LIBERTY.
1- 1886-O VAM-1A Clashed E. During the minting process the presses would sometimes slam the dies together without a blank planchet in the coining chamber. This violent process without a metal blank in between the dies caused damage. The two dies would strike against each other and transfer elements of their design across each side. In the case of the VAM-1A coin, the E in Liberty's head band was transferred to reverse die below Liberty's tailfeathers! Other clashing marks can be see elsewhere on the coin. A typical point to see Morgan clashing is inside the right side of the wreath where a triangular shape is seen impressed from the back of Liberty's head. This is often the easiest evidence of clashing that can be seen with the naked eye and a good pickup point to tip you to investigate for transferred letters which can be much harder to see.

LVA Plate Photos

Above: Clashed "t" from Trust on 7 Clash Revision Coin. By the way,
that is a water mark next to the "T" up against Liberty's hair.
Darn In Bev got to the plate copy from Leroy before I got to copy it.

Additional Photos

Just to prolong the page, here are the three clash stages in ascending order.

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1A Single Clash Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS  
Of the three different clashes, the single clash, shown here, has been reported the hardest to find.


From Heritage's auction archives 2 pages (65) [here]