1889-O VAMs

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Mintage 11,875,000
Proof Mintage None
Dies Used 150 pairs
Rarity in PL 4/10 (less common)
Die Study no

Despite a rather large mintage, 1889-O is not considered a common date in mint state. Large quantities were released into circulation shortly after being minted, and more were released by the Treasury in 1938[1]. Strike is usually weak and luster can be muddy, so cherrypicking quality is important. Prooflike coins aren't terribly scarce, and often tend to have good contrast and good strikes. One reverse die has an oval O mint mark (VAM 2) and is quite scarce in mint state. There are two clashed E reverse coins, VAM 1A and VAM 20A, both quite scarce. VAM 6 is a Top 100 variety with fairly strong repunching on the date. VAM 13B shows strong "crumbling" of the stars on the obverse from severe die deterioration. VAMs 1, 3, and 9 are known with rotated reverses.

Attribution Guides for 1889-O

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Clashed Die Letter Transfer
1889-O Cast Counterfeit
VAM not Assigned
1889 O Large full Coin VNA

Official VAM Listing

Oval O

New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-2 Far Date, Oval O (Top 100 Morgan VAM) Pcgsvam.jpgNgcvam.jpg Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-2A Far Date, Oval O (Top 100 Morgan VAM) Pcgsvam.jpgNgcvam.jpg Lfcp-icon.jpg

Normal Round O

New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-1 Round O
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-1A1 Clashed Obverse t, Reverse Partial E & M (Top 100 Morgan VAM) Pcgsvam.jpgNgcvam.jpg Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-1A2 Clashed Obverse G, T, R, D & O, Reverse BER, M (Top 100 and WOW! Morgan VAM) Pcgsvam.jpgNgcvam.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-1B Radial Die Break E, Collar Clash at 1-3 Left Stars
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-3 Far Date, O/O Top Left
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-3A Far Date, O/O Top Left,Double Ear
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-4 Far Date, O/O Top Right *Revised 2020*Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-5 Doubled 18
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-5A Doubled 18, Break Right S in STATES Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-6 Doubled 18-9, O Set High (Top 100 Morgan VAM) Pcgsvam.jpgNgcvam.jpg Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-6A Doubled 18-9, O Set High, Cud Below 18 Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-7 Doubled 1-89 & Ear *Revised 2020*
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-8 O Set High, Tilted Right
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-9 O Set High
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-9A O Set High, Clashed Obverse G Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-9B O Set High, Denticle Impressions on Reverse
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-9C O Set High,Possible Denticle Impression Arrow Shaft Lfcp-icon.jpg
New White Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-10 Wide Date
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-11 Wide Date Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-12 Doubled 1, Far Date
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-12A Doubled 1, Far Date, Extra Star Point Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-13 Far Date
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-13A Far Date, Die Break Cap
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-13B Far Date, Crumbled Stars (WOW! Morgan VAM) Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-13C Far Date, Multiple Clashed Obverse n
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-13F Far Date, Denticle Impressions Below Arrow Feathers
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-13G Far Date, 1+1 Clashed Reverse
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-13H Far Date, Die Gouge Wing (WOW! Morgan VAM) Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-13I Far Date, Polished Eye & Forehead Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-13J Far Date, Thread-Like Die Impression Upper TF *New 2019*
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-14 Doubled 9, Slanted Date *Revised 2020* Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-14A Doubled 9 & Ear *New 2019*
New White Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-15 Doubled 88, Tripled 9
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-16 Far Date, High O
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-16A Far Date, High O, Denticle Impressions Below Tail Feathers
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-16B Far date, High O, Over Polished Obverse (Doubled ear)
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-16C Far Date, High O, Die Break S-OF Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-18 Doubled Obverse, Slanted Date, O Set High Tilted Right
New White Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-19 Doubled Right Reverse
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-20 Slanted Date
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-20A Slanted Date, Clashed Obverse O, Reverse Weak E (Hot 50 Morgan VAM) Pcgsvam.jpgNgcvam.jpg Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-20B Slanted Date, Doubled Ear Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-21 O Set Left
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-21A Clashed t, O Set Left Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-22 Far Date, O Tilted Left Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-23 Doubled Ear, 18 Tilted Right, High O Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-23A Double Ear, 18 Tilted Right, High O, Die Break T - Long Radial Reverse Break Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-24 Double Ear inside, O set High
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-24A Double Ear inside, Clashed n, O set High
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-25 High O, Tilted Left Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-27 Doubled 9 Top Loop, Far Date
New Camera.jpg 1889-O VAM-28 Slanted Date, Doubled 1 *New 2019*

List of Past VAM Assignments

VAM-Delisted.jpg1889-O VAM-1A (Eliminated, Became VAM-1A2)(Top 100 Morgan VAM)Lfcp-icon.jpg
VAM-Delisted.jpg1889-O VAM-13D (Eliminated, same as VAM-13C)
VAM-Delisted.jpg1889-O VAM-13E (Eliminated, same as VAM-12A)
VAM-Delisted.jpg1889-O VAM-17 (Eliminated, became VAM-2A)

References

  1. Bowers, Q. D. A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, 5th ed. Atlanta: Whitman, 2016. p. 182



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