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1887-S VAMs

Mintage 1,771,000
Dies Used 8 pairs
Rarity in PL 5/10 (scarce)
Die Study no

1887-S is one of the less common dates in the series, but typically has good luster and a full strike. Prooflike coins are scarce and tend to be a little banged up. One-sided prooflikes occur for this date. VAM 2 and 2A are Top 100 varieties with a strongly repunched S and can be found fairly easily. VAMs 4 and 11 are Hot 50 varieties sharing an obverse die with a strongly repunched 1 and 7 in the date.

Attribution Guides for 1887-S

Official VAM Listing

  1887-S VAM-1 Normal Date
  1887-S VAM-1B Die Gouges Wing  
  1887-S VAM-2 S/S Left, No Damaged Denticles (Top 100 Morgan VAM)     
  1887-S VAM-2A S/S Left, Damaged Denticles (Top 100 Morgan VAM)     
  1887-S VAM-3 Slanted Date, Doubled 7  
  1887-S VAM-4 Near Date, Doubled Date (1--7) (Hot 50 Morgan VAM)     
  1887-S VAM-5 Near Date  
  1887-S VAM-5A Near Date, Die Breaks Lower Hair
  1887-S VAM-6 Very Near Date
  1887-S VAM-7 High S  
  1887-S VAM-8 Far Date  
  1887-S VAM-9 Doubled Stars and Profile, Near Date  
  1887-S VAM-10 Doubled Reverse Lettering  
  1887-S VAM-11 Doubled 1-7 & Reverse Lettering (Hot 50 Morgan VAM)     
  1887-S VAM-12 Doubled 88, Very Near Date, High S  
  1887-S VAM-12A Doubled 88, Very Near Date, High S, Die Break Cap Top  
  1887-S VAM-12B Doubled 88, Very Near Date, High S, Die File Lines Reverse  
  1887-S VAM-13 Doubled 18
  1887-S VAM-14 Slanted Date, S/S Bottom
  1887-S VAM-15 Damaged Denticle Obverse  
  1887-S VAM-16 Doubled S
  1887-S VAM-17 Doubled Arrow Heads
  1887-S VAM-18 Doubled 1, Near Date  
  1887-S VAM-19 Doubled 188  
  1887-S VAM-19A Doubled 188, Die Gouges Star RI & 7  
  1887-S VAM-20 Doubled 1  
  1887-S VAM-21 S Set Right

List of Past VAM Assignments

  1887-S VAM-1A Die Gouges Star, RI & 7 (now VAM 19A)

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  Full-coin photo of VAM.
  VAM has been eliminated altogether or phased into another number.
  No photos posted for this VAM.
  This VAM is recognized by PCGS.
  This VAM is recognized by NGC.
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