1890-O VAM-13A Near Date, High O, Extreme Die Wear Reverse
Discovery 2008. Revised 2010. Revised 02/2013. Revised 07/14/13 (OCC)
13A (revised) III2 6 - C3b (Near Date, High O, Doubled Ear, Extreme Die Wear Reverse) (181) I-4 R-6
Obverse III2 6 - Near date at right edge of near date lateral position with slight slant. Ear slightly doubled at right inside and outside plus bottom of ear lobe but very weak on some specimens before additional die polishing. Fourth left star has small die chip on rim side on later die states.
Die marker - Three diagonal polishing lines beneath cap fold.
Reverse C3b - Extreme die wear with crumbled die chips in left wreath, die chips in I, G & e of In God We Trust and sunken fields and die chips around legend letters. Some specimens show single or double clash vertical line through G but no clashed letters and no clash marks on obverse. Not a counterfeit die.
Die marker - Horizontal die polishing lines in space left of eagle's left leg.
Per Leroy 8-15-13 regarding the die chip at fourth left star:
"Die chip on fourth left star pictured in 2010 VAM Supplement and listed as later die state of 13A. It is pretty small and not readily visible to naked eye & only shows in crevice between star points. Like to see chip/break out beyond star before list as separate sub-variety so is more visible. We don't make separate listing of common die clash marks states-- only changes in clashed letters." end quote.
1. The VAM-13A is a truly spectacular sight to behold, the entire reverse displays severe die wear comparable to the 1888-O VAM-1G and 1902-O VAM-4B and VAM-28A.