1880-O VAM-6A 8/7 Ear with Reverse Gouge
Discovered by Ted Clark, November 1968. Revised 2011.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
6A(revised) III25 · C3a (8/7 Spike, Clashed Obverse st, Reverse M) (176) I-4 R-5
Obverse III25– Clashed die with partial incuse st of Trust from reverse showing in right hair vee of lower hair edge. Faint tick of n next to neck from In of reverse.
Reverse C3a– Faint raised designer’s initial M from obverse above d in God. Die gouge on left side of left wreath.
1. This marriage comes in two distinct stages, with and without the clash. In Elite Clashed Morgan Dollars, Mark Kimpton states "Approximately one out of every three VAM 6A's I have seen has had clashing." He also points out that the unclashed version of the VAM 6A(what is now VAM-6 Die #1) is the beginning of a die progression VAM-6 Die #1 no clash, 6A clash, 49, 6, 6C two obverse clashes, and 6C with three obverse clashes.
LVA Plate Photos:
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. In addition to the obverse over date feature, VAM-6A has a gouge in the left wreath. If the gouge is absent but you can still see the over date feature, the coin is a VAM-6, which is much more rare.
Unclashed version of the VAM 6A = VAM-6 Die #1
Full Coin Photos
2 Sets of Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-6A Clashed Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACS