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1891-O VAM-1A1

1891-O VAM-1A1 Clashed Obverse D & O, Reverse BERT

Discovered September 1891, Robert Preston (unofficial)
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
1A1(revised) III2 1 · C3a (Clashed Obverse D & O, Reverse BERT) (181) I-5 R-5
Obverse III2 1 – Strongly clashed die at top with partial incuse O of O mint mark from reverse showing above right wheat leaf. Part of incuse top of D of DOLLAR from reverse shows below I of PLURIBUS.
Reverse C3a – Strongly clashed die with full raised E below eagle’s tail feathers on left side and partial raised B at left of E, tip of R to right of E and raised bar of T in middle of tail feathers from obverse LIBERTY. Centered circular medium III O mint mark.


  1. Four die states of this die pair have been cataloged with the following progression:
    • 1st VAM 1A1 Clash
    • 2nd VAM 1A4 Clash Polishing and gouge
    • 3rd VAM 1A2 Depression to Bump
    • 4th VAM 1A3 Terminal break on Bump with non displaced radial break from UNITED
  2. The final die state, VAM 1A3, has a large raised vertical bar break on left side of profile line extending up to wreath leaf.
  3. This VAM has a the strongest E clashed on the reverse of any Morgan dollar. In fact, the E on the reverse looks like it was actually part of the design it was so strong.
  4. This is a really cool variety well worth a substantial premium to own in AU. Mint state examples are exceptionally rare.


  1. Russ's Coin to LVA 2013
  2. [[1]]
  3. AdiosVW-II Thread

LVA Plate Photo

Additional Photos

This letter from the acting Mint Director to the Superintendent of the Mint in 1891 shows this variety being discovered as a result of a special assay.

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin of VAM-1A1 Photo and Attribution by TwoHawks