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:
The pitting at the top of the ear is fantastic - like a bad case of chicken pox!
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
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