1921-D VAM-1AA2 Die Break 3rd Left Enlarged Star, Gouge E of ONE
Discovered by Rob Joyce, December 2001
1AA2 (revised) IV 1 D2a (Die Gouge E, Die Break Third Left Enlarged Star) (189) I-2 R-6
Obverse IV 1 - Late die states show heavy die cracks thru bottom of 1-6 left stars with die break on lower right point of third left star.
Comments: In the VAM-1AA2, a diagonal die gouge runs from the denticles up through lower left serif of the E in ONE just as in VAM-1AA1.
This variety has a die break on the third left obverse star that causes the star to be enlarged and misshapen. The bottom point has a blob of metal that doubles its width, making it expand to the point that it is noticeable to the naked eye. The known population of this VAM is small, much like the VAM-1K. The limited number of coins discovered may be because of the rarity or may simply be the size of the break hidden on the edge of the star.
LVA Plate Photos
In December 2004, Jack Lee discovered VAM-1AG had the VAM-1AA die gouge on the reverse. VAM-1AA1 is actually an early die state of the old VAM-1AG. VAM-1AA became VAM-1AA1 and VAM-1AG became VAM-1AA2.
Scribbles between the Eagle's legs on the VAM-1AA coins:
Below is an early die state VAM1AA2. You will notice the reverse die gouge and the obverse third left star has not yet become enlarged or misshapened in this example. You may also notice some light tripling of the left side obverse stars.
Full Coin Photos
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1AA2 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACS