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VAM of the Week 1879-S VAM-107A
Doubled Date, Hair Ribbon Gouge, Engraved Wreath, Polished Obverse
For my VOTW I chose a twist. The 1879-S VAM 107A has two similar but distinct die states, an "EDS" and an "LDS." Both obverses are heavily polished however the "LDS" stage is even more "scrubbed" than the "EDS" and is the "Money" stage for all of the known "1B" gouged obverses. If you only have one in your collection be sure it's the "LDS."
The quickest "at-a-glance" way to tell them apart is the field above the cap. As you can see in these 2 comparison photos, the field above the cap on the "EDS" has relatively NO polishing lines while the same area on the "LDS" has a very thick patch of diagonal lines running SSE to NNW.
Enjoy this coin and the hunt for it! All of the 1B gouged obverses (VAMs 106, 107 & 107A EDS & LDS) are must haves for those that like stunning gouges but everone should try to hunt & own at least the 107A "LDS". You wont regret it, even if you need to pay a premium to get one!
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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
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