1880-P VAM-29 Doubled 80, 8/7
Discovered by Henry Dierkoph, October 1977.
This coin is a Hot 50 Morgan VAM.
29 (revised) III2 29 ∙ C3a (Doubled 80, 8/7) I-3 R-3
Obverse III2 29 – Doubled 80 in date and 8/7 check mark similar to VAM-16. Second 8 is doubled on the lower left outside of upper loop. The 0 is doubled at the top left and right outside, but not as strong as VAM-16. First 8 has die chip on upper left inside of lower loop. Remains of 7 show on surface of left side of upper loop of second 8 in the form of a check mark. Right side of check mark is more curved than VAM-16. Clashed die with partial incuse n of In from reverse showing next to Liberty head neck. Later die state than VAM-53A.
Reverse C3a – Normal die, die scratch on wing. This reverse also appears on VAMs 32, 32A, and 43.
1. Very scarce compared to other Hot 50 Checkmark VAMs: VAM-11 and VAM-16. Recent research has shown that VAM-29 has two different reverse dies, so a new VAM listing may be forthcoming. This 'other reverse' is now listed as VAM-53.
2. LVA Discovery Letter
LVA Plate Photos:
Gouge on right Wing, Die 1:
Chip in first 8 in bottom loop, upper left..
Die scratch in hair below cap..can be seen in large photo of coin.
The dot on the cap has not been found on any other die states but only on this coin. Most likely it is not a die chip but pmd. DO NOT use as a die marker. However the die scratch on the hair IS a great die marker as it is on clashed and unclashed examples.
Full Coin Photos