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1885-O VAMs

Mintage 9,185,000
Dies Used 124 pairs
Rarity in PL 5/10 (less common)
Die Study yes

One of the common dates released by the millions along with 83-O and 84-O during the 1962 Treasury release, 1885-O can be easily found in all grades. Strike and luster can be an issue, so it's best to be choosy, especially given the availability. Deep mirror prooflike specimens are not as common as for 83-O or 84-O, although normal prooflike coins aren't difficult to find. It is common to find 85-O with embedded sawdust, as that is how planchets were dried at the mint. There is not much of major interest in terms of varieties for this date. Changing from the oval O to the round O mint mark seemingly eliminated a lot of repunched mint marks. There are a few minor repunched dates and one notable shattered obverse die (VAM 25A).

Attribution Guides for 1885-O

Official VAM Listing

  1885-O VAM-1 Normal Die  
  1885-O VAM-1A Rusted Wing  
  1885-O VAM-1C Die gouges wing  
  1885-O VAM-2 Doubled 5  
  1885-O VAM-3 Doubled 18  
  1885-O VAM-4 Doubled 18  
  1885-O VAM-5 Slanted High Far Date  
  1885-O VAM-7 Dash Under 8 (May be the same as VAM-14)
  1885-O VAM-9 Doubled 885, Low Date, Doubled Ear  
  1885-O VAM-10 Dash Under 8, Bar Ear  
  1885-O VAM-11 Far Date, High O, Die Gouge Wreath  
  1885-O VAM-12 Dash Under 8, Thread Impression Upper Lip *Revised 2020*
  1885-O VAM-13 Far Date  
  1885-O VAM-14 Dash Under 8, O shifted right  
  1885-O VAM-15 Doubled AMERICA, Gouge in Wing (LVA: "Tentatively eliminated, likely LDS of VAM 28")
  1885-O VAM-16 Dash Under 8, Far Date, Doubled Arrows, O Shifted Right
  1885-O VAM-17 8 in Denticles, Far Date  
  1885-O VAM-18 Doubled 18 Top & Ear, Far Date  
  1885-O VAM-18A Doubled 18 Top & Ear, Far Date, Die Scratch D, Break E   *Revised 2019*
  1885-O VAM-18B Doubled 18 Top & Ear, Far Date, Clashed Obverse N *New 2019*
  1885-O VAM-19 Doubled Ear, High O (AKA VAM 9)
  1885-O VAM-20 Doubled Ear Right (AKA VAM 9)
  1885-O VAM-21 Far Date, Doubled 5 Weak
  1885-O VAM-22 Doubled Arrow Feathers
  1885-O VAM-23 Doubled Arrow Shafts, O Set Right  
  1885-O VAM-24 Doubled Ear Right and Arrows  
  1885-O VAM-25 Faint Dash Under 8
  1885-O VAM-25A Faint Dash Under 8, Breaks Top of Cap & RI (WOW! Morgan VAM)  
  1885-O VAM-26 Doubled 18
  1885-O VAM-28 1 in Denticles, Doubled AMERICA, Gouge in Wing  
  1885-O VAM-29 Doubled 885, Dash 8
  1885-O VAM-30 Doubled Left 8, O Tilted Right
  1885-O VAM-31 Doubled Ear, O Tilted Right
  1885-O VAM-33 Faint Scribbles Face, Doubled Arrows, Die Scratches Wings)  
  1885-O VAM-34 Slightly Doubled 88, Light Polishing Lines Face & Neck

List of Past VAM Assignments

  1885-O VAM 1B (Eliminated, became VAM-25A)
  1885-O VAM-1D Die scratches wing (Eliminated, same as VAM-33)
  1885-O VAM-5A Slanted High Far Date, Die Scratch D (Eliminated, became VAM-18A)
  1885-O VAM-6 Low Date (Eliminated, same as VAM-9)
  1885-O VAM-8 (Eliminated, became VAM 23, O Shifted Right
  1885-O VAM-11A Eliminated as die gouge is found in earliest die state. Far Date, High O, Die Gouge Wreath
  1885-O VAM-13A Far Date, Clashed Obverse N  
  1885-O VAM-27 Far Date, Doubled Ear (Eliminated, became VAM-18A)
  1885-O VAM-32 Far Date, O Shifted Right (Eliminated, same as VAM-28)
  1885-O VAM-35 Dash Under 8, O/O Left Slanted, Thread Impression Upper Lip (Eliminated, same as VAM-12)

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  This VAM is recognized by PCGS.
  This VAM is recognized by NGC.
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