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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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Click here for The VAM of the Week contributor schedule

2018 VOTW

11-25 CascadeChris
12-02 ljs123
12-09 vincar73
12-16 rhodes6467
12-23 ChiefRet
12-30 PacificWR
2019 VOTW
1-06 VamHelsing
1-13 Lioncutter
1-20 CascadeChris
1-27 ljs123
2-3 vincar73
2-10 rhodes6467
2-17 morganman
2-24 bob259
3-03 ChiefRet
3-10 PacificWR



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Attributing 1878-P VAMs
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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
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