1880-P VNA varieties
1880-P VAM Not Assigned Varieties
As you can tell from wear on the cotton leaves and bolls obverse and breast and wing feathers reverse, this coin is a nice XF:
There is doubling and tripling in the date (note that the activity on the lower left serif of the 1 is a bag mark):
Plus doubling on the stars:
However, Leroy advises, "Too much dirt & wear on coin to see accurately any minor dblg on date digits & stars." The moral of the story here is that VAM attribution can be difficult on coins in grades lower than AU, even a nice XF.
In fact, the presence of dirt/grime can sometimes be a great indicator of a coin being XF or AU. Take a close look at your AU Morgans and you will likely see little dirt caked upon the devices. Even nice (uncleaned) XF coins typically show dirt. When you have a weakly struck specimen that is borderline XF/AU and you don't know whether to call it a 45 or a 50, dirt presence/absence may help sway your decision.
How about this one? This is a 1880 P VAM 50A in an ANACS MS63 holder. I picked up a clashed E on the Reverse and sent i off to Leroy.
This is what leroy said: "Looked at the area below eagle's TF that you pictuere showed & didn't see any raised partial clashed E using 10X hand glass & 10X & 30X stereo microscope. Just see couple of light scuff marks into coin. I've seen two other VAM 50A coins in the past 6 months and didn't see any sign of clashed E on them either. Unlikely there would be a clashed E since there aren't raised clash marks at nearby area above arrow feathers". You be the judge!!
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