1881-O VAM-53

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1881-O VAM-53 Doubled 18, Pitted Ear

Discovered by John Baumgart, September 2006, Re-Classified 2015,2017 HawkeEye.
53 (revised) III 2 34 - C3a (Doubled 18, Pitted Ear) I-2 R-5
Obverse III 2 34 - Doubled 18 with the left 1 slightly doubled at the top right, and the left 8 at the top outside, and with a short die chip at the top left inside of the upper loop. Dense fine raised dots on upper part of ear with very fine raised dots on rest of Liberty head from rusted die.
Die marker- Couple Horizontal Die polishing lines below cap fold
Reverse C3a -
Die marker-Single vertical polishing lines and die pitting in wing-neck gap.

1. A crack develops on the reverse on later die stages that goes from the left ribbon down across the lower edge of the mint mark.
2. VAM-1E eliminated, same as VAM-53 - 2017


LVA Plate Photos:

Rcw 1881 o vam53 dbl 18.jpg Rcw 1881 o vam53 diemarker polish lines.jpg
1881-O VAM-1E Pitted Ear.jpg RCW-81o-VAM53d.jpg

Additional Photos:

1881 O V1E NATE-COMP10.jpg
The pitting at the top of the ear is fantastic - like a bad case of chicken pox!
1881-O VAM-1E pittedear.jpg
Some have thin crack across lower reverse from left wreath, crossing under end of branch and bottom of mint mark, then thru top of O and middle of first L in DOLLAR. LDS Specimens
Rjj-81o0ear 004.jpg
Date Placement
The 1E also has a cool DOT above the date to the right like the pic below. NOT ON ALL SPECIMENS

Full Coin Photos

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-53 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler

From Hawkeye, Large Full Discovery Coin photo VAM-53 courtesy Untitled-TrueColor-1xxx.jpgand attributed by Leroy Van Allen
Rcw 1881 o vam53 obv.jpg

Rcw 1881 o vam53 rev.jpg