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1888-O VAMs

Mintage 12,150,000
Proof Mintage None
Dies Used 136 pairs
Rarity in PL 2/10 (common)
Die Study no

1888-O is a common date in grades up to MS64 with typically mediocre strike and luster, although choice specimens can be found. Prooflike coin are not rare and are well struck. Variety collectors will find a veritable bonanza for this date, starting with the two most mainstream Morgan dollar varieties, the VAM 1B "Scarface" and the VAM 4 "Hot Lips." There are two different mint marks used, with the Oval O being scarce, especially in mint state. A distinct clashed E paired with an obverse die break (VAM 1A3) can be found in mint state. A heavy obverse die gouge at the rim is featured on VAM 7A. Fans of rotated dies will find the VAM 9 not only with rotations of up to 175°, but also a doubled reverse and date in the denticles. The VAM 15 is a rather scarce repunched mint mark.

Attribution Guides for 1888-O

Official VAM Listing

Oval O

All 1888-O Oval O are Top 100 Morgan VAMs

  1888-O VAM-2 Oval O, Normal Date, Oval O set high and tilted slightly left (Top 100 Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-5 Oval O, Doubled 1 (Top 100 Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-6 Oval O, Last 8 Doubled (Top 100 Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-17 Oval O, Near Date (Top 100 Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-18 Oval O, Doubled Date (Top 100 Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-21 Oval O, Tilted Left |Top 100 Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-24 Oval O, High, Tilted Left (Top 100 Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-34 Oval O, Normal Date, Oval O set high and tilted slightly left (Formerly VAM-2 Die 2)(Top 100 Morgan VAM)  

Round O

  1888-O VAM-1 Round O
  1888-O VAM-1A1 Clashed Obverse, Reverse BER, High O (Top 100 Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-1A2 Clashed Obverse, Reverse BER, High O, Displaced Field Break R (Top 100 Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-1A3 Clashed Obverse, Reverse BER, High O, Die Breaks R (Top 100 and WOW! Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-1B0 Die Scratch AME (WOW! Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-1B1 Die Break Dot, EDS (WOW! Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-1B2 Tilted Field, MDS (WOW! Morgan VAM)
  1888-O VAM-1B3 Scarface Die Break Across Face, LDS (Top 100 and WOW! Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-1B4 Scarface Die Break Across Face & Hair, VLDS (Top 100 and WOW! Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-1C Clashed Obverse n & st, Reverse Partial M  
  1888-O VAM-1D Pitted Obverse, Denticle Gouges  
  1888-O VAM-1E Die Chip Above F  
  1888-O VAM-1F Clashed Obverse n & st  
  1888-O VAM-1H Pinned Wing
  1888-O VAM-1I Bulge Below Tail Feathers (Same as VAM-7B ????)
  1888-O VAM-1J Buffed Reverse  
  1888-O VAM-1K Crumbled and polished Reverse
  1888-O VAM-3 Doubled 18-8
  1888-O VAM-4 Hot Lips Doubled Die Obverse (Top 100 and WOW! Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-7 O Set High
  1888-O VAM-7A O Set High, "Shooting Star" Obverse Die Gouge (Hit List 40 and WOW! Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-7B O Set High, Bulge Below Tail Feathers  
  1888-O VAM-8 O Set Very High
  1888-O VAM-9 Doubled Arrows, Doubled Wreath, 18-8 in Denticles (Top 100 Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-10 Slanted Date
  1888-O VAM-11 Doubled 1 and Wreath
  1888-O VAM-12 Doubled Ear Bottom & Legend, Slanted Date  
  1888-O VAM-12A Doubled Ear Bottom & Legend, Slanted Date, O/O Right, Die Breaks O  
  1888-O VAM-13 Doubled 88  
  1888-O VAM-14 High Near Date
  1888-O VAM-15 O/O Low, Doubled Legend (Hot 50 Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-16 Doubled Second 8, Far Date, O Set High
  1888-O VAM-19 Doubled Stars
  1888-O VAM-20 Doubled Eyelid, Ear, Reverse Legend  
  1888-O VAM-22 O/O Left
  1888-O VAM-25 Near Date, Doubled Ear, O Set Very High  
  1888-O VAM-26 Doubled Arrow Shaft & Wreath Bow
  1888-O VAM-27 Doubled Ear  
  1888-O VAM-28 Doubled Ear, 1 in Denticles
  1888-O VAM-29 Spiked 1, O Set High
  1888-O VAM-30 Doubled Profile
  1888-O VAM-31 Doubled 188, Die Gouge Ear, Crumbled Reverse Letters (WOW! Morgan VAM)  
  1888-O VAM-32 High Date, O Set Left
  1888-O VAM-33 Long Obverse die gouge, 8 in Denticles  
  1888-O VAM-35 Date Digits in Denticles
  1888-O VAM-36 Double Ear, Doubled Right Reverse, High O
  1888-O VAM-36A Double Ear, Doubled Right Reverse, High O, Bulge below TF (WOW! Morgan VAM) 
  1888-O VAM-37 Tripled Ear, O Set Very High, Near Date
  1888-O VAM-38 Doubled Ear, Near Date
  1888-O VAM-38A Clashed G Obverse.
  1888-O VAM-39 Doubled 1, Slanted Date (may be duplicate of VAM 10)
  1888-O VAM-40 Doubled Ear
  1888-O VAM-41 Near Slanted Date  
  1888-O VAM-42 Doubled Ear, Very High O Mint Mark
  1888-O VAM-43 O Set Right Tilted Left
  1888-O VAM-44 Doubled Ear, O Set High

List of Past VAM Assignments

 1888-O VAM-1A Clashed E Reverse (Top 100 Morgan VAM)  
 1888-O VAM-1B Scarface Obverse Die Break (Top 100 Morgan VAM)
 1888-O VAM-1G Crumbled Reverse Letters (WOW! Morgan VAM)  Delisted 8/22/2017(same as VAM-31)
 1888-O VAM-1I Bulge Below Tail Feathers (Same as VAM-7B)
 1888-O VAM-23 Doubled Reverse, O/O Right (Obverse Rim Cud, Reverse breaks O DOLLAR & Left Wing)(Eliminated, became VAM-12A)



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