1889-P VAM-23B

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1889-P VAM-23B High 9, Die Chips Stars & Neck

Discovered as VAM 7A by Brent Fogelberg, May 2000. Redesignated VAM 23B, 2020.
23B(revised) III2 21 · C3a (Slanted Date, Worn Polished Obverse Die) (190) I-2 R-5
Obverse III2 21 – Heavy die polishing removing die clash marks at neck, lower right hair vee, lips and cap back at ribbon and some roughness in fields. Roughness quickly reappears and new light die clash diagonal line appears at jaw-neck junction with die chip at neck point. Die retired shortly thereafter. Same die marker as VAM 23.
Reverse C3a – Die not changed since no die clash marks appeared, except for very faint vertical line at n of In. Die fields relatively smooth with little wear. Die then re-used with VAM 7 III2 7 obverse. Die marker - Same die marker as VAM 23.


  1. Heavy clashed obverse die [of VAM 23A] was severely polished to remove these strong die clash marks resulting in VAM 23B. (LVA 9/2020)
  2. Reverse die is retained [from VAM 23A] with little wear and is not polished. (LVA 9/2020)


  1. New Take on 1889 VAM 23A

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Full Coin VAM 23B (EDS) images courtesy of Andrew Wojtowich (andywoj00). Attributed by John Roberts

EDS of Severe clashing even, attributed by LVA in September of 2020
Large Full Coin #2 Photo PacificWR of VAM-23B

Full Coin VAM 23B photo © Mitch Hill, used with permission. Attributed by Leroy Van Allen as VAM 7A, 2013.