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1889-P VAMs

Mintage 21,726,000
Proof Mintage 811
Dies Used 104 pairs
Rarity in PL 5/10 (scarce)
Die Study no

1889 is one of the common dates, with the second highest mintage of all Morgan dollars, 1921 being the highest. The typical 1889 has mushy or eroded details from overused dies, and rather murky luster. For a common date, prooflike specimens are rare. 1889 has many doubled ear varieties, often as a result of die fatigue. The most spectacular obverse clashed die of all Morgan dollars is the rare VAM 23A, truly a sight to behold and coveted by all Morgan VAM collectors. Other notable VAMs have die breaks, pitting, or other deterioration. VAM 18A can be found with a rotated reverse.

Attribution Guides for 1889-P

Official VAM Listing

  1889-P VAM-1 Closed 9
  1889-P VAM-1B Clashed Obverse n
  1889-P VAM-1C1 SAME AS VAM 52
  1889-P VAM-1C2 Die Scratches TF  
  1889-P VAM-1D1 Die Scratch Cotton Leaf  
  1889-P VAM-1D2 Clashed Die "n" and "t"  
  1889-P VAM-1E Denticle Impressions Below Arrow Feathers  
  1889-P VAM-1F Denticle Impressions Below Wreath Bow
  1889-P VAM-2 Open 9
  1889-P VAM-3 Doubled 18-9 and Right Stars, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-3A Doubled Date & Ear, Far Date, Sunken Obverse Die  
  1889-P VAM-4 Very Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-5 Far Date
  1889-P VAM-5A Far Date, Pitted Reverse, Gouge Olive Branch (Hit List 40 Morgan Vam) 
  1889-P VAM-5B Far Date, Pitted Rev., Gouge Olive Branch, Clashed Obverse n (Hit List 40 Morgan Vam)  
  1889-P VAM-5C Far Date, Die Gouges Below 9  
  1889-P VAM-5D Far Date, Denticle Impressions Below Arrow Feathers  
  1889-P VAM-5E Far Date, Denticle Impressions at Wreath Bow
  1889-P VAM-6 Doubled 9, Tripled 1 & Ear Bottom, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-8 Very Far Date, High 9  
  1889-P VAM-9 Far & Slanted Date (Confusion with this listing and VAM-38)
  1889-P VAM-10 Far Date, Doubled First 8  
  1889-P VAM-11 Doubled 18  
  1889-P VAM-12 Doubled 1
  1889-P VAM-12A Doubled 1, Die Breaks 1-2 Left Star  
  1889-P VAM-13 Very Far Slanted Date  
  1889-P VAM-14 Doubled 18, Tripled 9, Scribbling on Nose  
  1889-P VAM-14A Doubled 18, Tripled 9, Scribbling on Nose, Denticle Impressions TF and Leaf  
  1889-P VAM-15 Doubled 889, Ear & Arrow Feathers  
  1889-P VAM-16 Doubled Ear & Rt. Stars, Far Date (Hot 50 Morgan Vam)  
  1889-P VAM-17 Far Date, Doubled 18  
  1889-P VAM-18 Doubled Ear, Slanted Very Far Date, Denticle Impressions Below Arrow Feathers (Hot 50)  
  1889-P VAM-18A Doubled Ear, Slanted Very Far Date, Die Chip Cap Rear (Hot 50 Morgan Vam)
  1889-P VAM-19 Doubled Reverse  
  1889-P VAM-19A (formerly VAM-5A) Doubled Reverse, Bar Wing, Doubled 89(Top 100 and WOW! Morgan Vam)  
  1889-P VAM-19B1 Doubled Reverse, Clashed Obverse n & t  
  1889-P VAM-19B2 Doubled Reverse, Clashed Obverse n & t, Clashed Reverse M (WOW! Morgan VAM)  
  1889-P VAM-20 Doubled Ear and Forehead, Normal Date (Hot 50 Morgan Vam) 
  1889-P VAM-21 Doubled Ear & Lower Cotton Leaves, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-22 Bar Wing, Far Date (Top 100 and WOW! Morgan Vam) 
  1889-P VAM-23 Slanted Date
  1889-P VAM-23A Slanted Date, Clashed Obverse In & st (Hot 50 Morgan Vam)  
  1889-P VAM-23B High 9  
  1889-P VAM-23C High 9, Clashed Obverse n
  1889-P VAM-23D High 9, Die Chips Stars & Neck  
  1889-P VAM-24 8 in Denticles, Doubled Ear, Polishing Lines in Cotton Bolls, Normal Date  
  1889-P VAM-25 Doubled Ear, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-26 Doubled Arrow Shafts
  1889-P VAM-27 Doubled Ear, Near Date  
  1889-P VAM-28 Doubled Ear, Far Date
  1889-P VAM-28A Doubled Ear, Far Date, Pitted DO (Hit List 40 Morgan Vam)  
  1889-P VAM-29 Doubled Right Wreath, Thread-like Impression Reverse  
  1889-P VAM-30 Doubled Ear  
  1889-P VAM-31 Doubled Ear Inside, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-32 Doubled Ear, High 9, Very Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-33 Doubled Ear, Slanted Date, Normal Date placement
  1889-P VAM-34 Doubled Right Wreath
  1889-P VAM-36 Doubled Ear Right Inside, Normal Date  
  1889-P VAM-37 Doubled Ear, Normal Date  
  1889-P VAM-38 Doubled Ear, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-38A Doubled Ear, Far Date, Die Breaks Stars  
  1889-P VAM-39 Doubled Ear & Cotton Leaves, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-40 Doubled Ear, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-40A1 Doubled Ear, Far Date, Clashed Obverse n  
  1889-P VAM-40A2 Doubled Ear, Far Date, Double Clashed Obverse n, clashed st  
  1889-P VAM-41 Doubled Ear, Very Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-42 Doubled Ear, Cotton Leaves, Right Stars, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-43 Split Hair Ends, Far Date
  1889-P VAM-43A Split Hair Ends, Far Date, Polishing Lines Liberty Head  
  1889-P VAM-44 Doubled Ear & URIBUS UNU, Very Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-45 Doubled Ear, Very Far Date, Doubled Wreath Leaves
  1889-P VAM-46 Doubled 1 Top and Ear, Normal Date  
  1889-P VAM-47 Doubled Ear, Normal Date  
  1889-P VAM-48 Very Far Date, Doubled Wreath Leaves
  1889-P VAM-49 Doubled Ear, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-52 Dbl Ear, Die Gouges Neck Front & Star, Normal WNP. Dup listing of V1C1 
  1889-P VAM-53 Doubled Ear, Very Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-54 Doubled Ear, Very Far Date, Doubled America & Wreaths
  1889-P VAM-55 Doubled Eyelid
  1889-P VAM-57 Doubled Ear, Far Date, High 9  
  1889-P VAM-58 Doubled Ear (Possible duplication of VAM-27)
  1889-P VAM-60 Doubled Ear, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-61 Doubled Ear, Far Date  
  1889-P VAM-62 Denticle Impressions  
  1889-P VAM-63 Doubled Ear, Very Far Slanted Date  

List of Past VAM Assignments

 1889-P VAM-1A Die Gouge Neck Front (Eliminated, became VAM-52)
 1889-P VAM-1C Die Scratches Below Tail Feathers (Became VAM-1C1 & VAM-1C2)
 1889-P VAM-1G Die Scratch Cap Top *New 2019* (Eliminated, same as VAM-1D)
 Former 5B filled r in Trust is striking error Former VAM-5B
 1889-P VAM-5F Far Date, Die Chip First Left Star (Same as VAM 12A)
 1889-P VAM-7 Became VAM 23B
 1889-P VAM-7A Became VAM 23D
 1889-P VAM-7B Became VAM 23C
 1889-P VAM-8A Very Far Date, High 9, Polishing Lines Liberty Head (Eliminated, duplicate of VAM-53 with die 1 reverse)
 1889-P VAM-9A Far Slanted Date, Polishing Lines Liberty Head became VAM-43A
 1889-P VAM-19B Doubled Reverse, Clashed Obverse n (Top 100 Morgan Vam)
 1889-P VAM-35 Incorporated in VAM-24
 1889-P VAM-40A Became 1889-P VAM-40A2 upon 1889-P VAM-40A1 discovery
 1889-P VAM-50 Doubled 1, Tripled 9, Scribbling on Nose Became VAM-14
 1889-P VAM-51 Doubled Ear, Normal Date, Sunken die [DOUBLED EAR] LDS duplicate of VAM-30
 1889-P VAM-56 (Eliminated, duplicate of VAM-7A, now VAM 23D)
 1889-P VAM-59 Same as 19
 1889-P VAM-59A Same as 19B1


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