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This site is devoted to Morgan and Peace Dollar die varieties, known as VAM varieties. It is open for all members to contribute, edit and improve. Created in 2006, VAMWorld is now the go-to site for all VAM knowledge, thanks to users who have spent a lot of time creating and editing content. If you have information about VAMs, or can help populate this site, please contribute! If you wish to make contributions to the VAMWorld wiki, you will need to create an account on the Wiki, which is different from the discussion board. It only takes a few seconds and it is free. If you don't want to contribute to the wiki, you do not need an account to be able to read everything here. Note this is a moderated site. Content not about VAMs may be removed. Posting rights will be revoked if necessary. Photos posted here or migrated from the original VAMWorld may be resampled for display.
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Morgan VAM Attribution 101 - Learn your way around the Morgan Dollar.
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Guidelines for Coin Submittal and Die Varieties - Guidelines from Leroy Van Allen on listing new die varieties.
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This VAM does not get a lot of attention but it is one I have cherished for many of years. I own one in a old ANACS holder in MS64 and I think I will never let it go.
The VAM of the Week:
This weeks "VAM of the Week" does not get a lot of attention but it is one I have cherished for many of years. I own one in a old ANACS holder in MS64 and I think I will never let it go.
1883-P VAM-4 Doubled 1-83, 8 in Denticles
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.
4(revised) III2 4 · C3a (Doubled 1-83, 8 in Denticles) (180) I-4 R-4
Obverse III2 4 – Strongly doubled 1-83 in date. 1 doubled below top crossbar and at top right. 83 strongly doubled at top left and right outside. Second 8 also doubled at top right outside of lower loop and 3 doubled at top of lower serif and bottom left inside of lower loop. Top of 8 shows in denticle space between 8's as raised curved bar and in adjacent left denticle space as diagonal curved line on right side.
Reverse C3a – Normal die
1. The dramatically shifted doubled date. Most examples do not show this much detail in the doubled 3.
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Top 100 Morgan VAM List
Hot 50 Morgan VAM List
Hit List 40 VAMs
Top 50 Peace Dollar List
Elite 30 Peace List
Kimpton 12 List
Elite Clashed Morgan Dollars
John Roberts' Annual Lists
The WOW! VAMs
Bearded Eagle Clash
Broken Branch Mint Set
Clashed E Varieties
Die Study Roll Call
Denticle Impressions Varieties
Listed Privately Made Varieties
Misplaced Digit or MPD Varieties
Morgan Dollar Rotated Dies
Morgan Dollar Acid Treated Dies
Flawed Logotype Varieties
Scribbling Scratches Varieties
Thread-Like Impression Varieties
VAM Not Assigned Varieties
Attributing 1878-P VAMs
Attributing 1878-S Long Nock VAMs
Attributing 1879-S Reverse of 78
1882-O O/S Attribution Guide - differentiate VAMs 3,4 and 5 EDS and LDS.
1889-P Doubled Ear Attribution Guide
1899 Micro O Guide
Attributing 1921-D VAMs
1922-P Clashed Die Attribution
1922-S Clashed Die Attribution
1888-O Oval O Attribution Guide (PDF)
1921 Wide Reeding Varieties Attribution Guide (PDF)
Leroy Van Allen Yearly Supplements
A. George Mallis Library
Other VAM Resources
Society of Silver Dollar Collectors
Top 100 Insights & Value Guide
A Brief History of the Morgan Dollar
Anatomy of the Morgan Dollar
Peace Dollar VAM facts
PCGS VAM Numbers for submissions