1880-O VAM-6 8/7 Spike (Ear Overdate, unclashed, with and without Wreath Gouge)
Discovered by Ross Haddix, April 1966. Revised 2010, 2011 by Russ James
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
6(revised) III25 · C3a (8/7 Spike) (176) I-4 R-5
Obverse III25– 8 re-punched over 7 in date. A long spike extends from top left side of second 8.
Small horizontal spike on right inside of upper loop of second 8 and a checkmark from the remains of the 7 upper serif
show on left side of upper loop.
Reverse C3a –
Die 1 - Die gouge on left side of left wreath. Small I O mint mark set slightly right.
Die 2 - Eliminated 2015 - Small I O mint mark centered. No die gouge at wreath. Revision 2011 added by Russ James
1. A small "ear" remains at the top left of the last 8 in 1880. This small mark is the remnants of a 7 that was removed to make an 1880 dated die. While many where sure that what became Die pair 2 did not exist, that was Leroy VA's revision on my 1st attempt to correct the listing. What was seen as a VAM-6 originally looks to of been a worn VAM-6d where the OB clashing was worn away or not noticed. I sent in a full progression from DMPL un-clashed coins all the way to VAM-6c the latest of this die pair. We confirm the existence of what was called V-6 and then VAM-6 die pair 2 "could not exist"
1. An interesting discussion thread on this VAM 6 series can be read [here].
Now there are 6 different "states" that are recognized:
state1 = rev1 with unclashed obv/rev (currently called VAM 6 die 1)
state2 = rev1 but now obv/rev are clashed (currently called VAM 6A)
state3 = rev2 (currently VAM-49) note: obverse still clashed
state4 = rev3 w/obverse still clashed but not reverse (currently VAM 6D)
state5 = rev3 w/obverse and reverse BOTH clashed (currently VAM 6C)
state6 = rev4 reverse not gouged or clashed obverse (currently die2) Eliminated
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4 Sets Large Full Coin Copyrighted© of VAM 6 Die 1 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] SSDC