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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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The VAM of the Week: 1899-O VAM-5 Small Micro O Set Very High & Upright, Slanted Date
This week's VOTW is the 1899-O VAM-5. The 1899-O VAM-5 is a Top 100 variety & is also in the Broken Mintmark Set. The late die state of this VAM, has a large die crack (getting close to a break) going through the mintmark & extends down all the way to the edge of the rim." In 1899, the mint mark punch from a Barber Quarter was used on some Morgan dollars. The 1899-O VAM-5 is the variety identified in the Top 100 book as the most rare of the Micro O VAMs.
1899-O VAM-5 Small Micro O Set Very High & Upright, Slanted Date
III211 • C3d (Small Micro O Set Very High & Upright, Slanted Date) (181) I-3 R-5
Click here for The VAM of the Week contributor schedule
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
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