One of the better date Morgan dollars, 1900-S is usually found with good luster and an above average strike. Breast feathers will seem weak on coins struck with dies using the C4 reverse. Prooflike coins are available, but have low contrast. There aren't any varieties that are of particular interest to collectors. The mint mark punch was changed during 1900, with both the old, narrow S and the new wide S being used. VAM 3A is said to have a wide S punched over a narrow S, but this variety's existence is questioned, as none have been confirmed since being listed.
|Dies Used||22 obv., 29 rev.|
|Rarity in PL||3/10 (common)|
Attribution Guides for 1900-S
Official VAM Listing
1900-S VAM-1 Narrow S
1900-S VAM-2 Wide S
1900-S VAM-2A Extra Arrow Feather Gouge, Circle Scratch Wheat Leaves
1900-S VAM-3 S/S Right
1900-S VAM-3A Wide Over Narrow S
1900-S VAM-4 Doubled 00
1900-S VAM-5 Near Date
1900-S VAM-5A Near Date, High S, Displaced Field Break MERI *New 2020*
1900-S VAM-6 Near Date, S Set High, Die Breaks Cap Fold
1900-S VAM-6A Near Date, S Set High, Die Breaks Cap Fold & Hair
1900-S VAM-6B Near Date, S Set High, Die Breaks Cap Fold & Hair
1900-S VAM-7 Doubled 19-0, S/S Right *Revised 2020*
1900-S VAM-8 Doubled 190, S Set High
1900-S VAM-9 Near Date, S/S Serifs
1900-S VAM-10 Near Date, High S
1900-S VAM-10A Near Date, High S, Break Lower Hair, Gouge Right Star
1900-S VAM-10B Near Date, High S, Die Breaks Obverse
1900-S VAM-11 Doubled 190
1900-S VAM-12 Slanted Date *Revised 2020*
1900-S VAM-14 Doubled 900, High S *Revised 2020*
1900-S VAM-15 S Set Right
1900-S VAM-16 Near Date, 2 Olive Reverse
1900-S VAM-17 Near Date, S/S Right
1900-S VAM-18 Very Near Date
1900-S VAM-18A Very Near Date, Die Breaks E, Hair & LLA
1900-S VAM-19 2 Olive Reverse
1900-S VAM-20 High S Tilted Right *Revised 2019*
1900-S VAM-20A High S Tilted Right, Die Break Left Wreath *Revised 2019*
1900-S VAM-21 Slanted Date, S Set High
1900-S VAM-21A Slanted Date, S Set High, Die Break M
1900-S VAM-22 2 Olive Reverse
1900-S VAM-23 2 Olive Reverse, Very Near Date
1900-S VAM-24 Low Slanted Date, High S *Revised 2019*
1900-S VAM-24A Low Slanted Date, High S, Die Breaks Obverse & Reverse *Revised 2019*
1900-S VAM-25 (PRIVATELY MADE) Near Date, Doubled Ear & E DOLLA
1900-S VAM-26 Slanted Date *New 2019*
1900-S VAM-26A Slanted Date, Die Breaks E, O-U *New 2019*
1900-S VAM-27 Near Slanted Date, High S *New 2019*
1900-S VAM-27A Near Slanted Date, High S, Displaced Field Breaks UNITE, AMERI *New 2020*
1900-S VAM-28 Near Date, 2 Olive Reverse *New 2019*
1900-S VAM-28A Near Date, 2 Olive Reverse, Die Break Cap Bottom *New 2019*
1900-S VAM-29 Near Slanted Date *New 2019*
1900-S VAM-30 Low Slanted Date *New 2020*
1900-S VAM-30A Low Slanted Date, Displaced Field Breaks 19 & 2-5 Left Stars *New 2020*
List of Past VAM Assignments
- RG104 Entry 229 Box 132, Statement of the Life of Dies for 1900 U.S. Mint San Francisco, from Frank A. Leach, Superintendent, San Francisco Mint, January 7, 1901
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