1881-S VAM-16 Die Chip in Leaves
Discovered by Bill Fivaz, September 1974.
16 III2 8 - C3a (Die Chip in Leaves) I-2 R-4
Obverse III2 8 - First 8 doubled on top surface inside and bottom outside of lower loop and left inside and right outside of top loop. Second 8 has bulge at top left outside of lower loop.
Reverse C3a - Large die chip on wreath opposite NI of UNITED on some specimens.
1. This obverse shared with VAM-15, VAM-16, VAM-21, and VAM-32.
LVA Plate Photos:
VAM-16 has an alarmingly large chip in the wreath leaves to the right of NI of UNITED on its reverse. It should not be confused with the much rarer VAM-1C, which has a chip that is small and above the location of this chip.
The obverse is the same as the one identified for VAM-15, having doubled eights in the date. The right side of the upper loop of the first eight has an easily seen bulge. The reverse die was designated as C3a, based on the normal die. The mint mark, however, is slightly left of the normal position but not as far left as the C3l of VAM-22.
Full Coin Photos
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-16 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler