1882-O VAM-17B Metal in 882, Long Die Scratches, O Tilted Left, Clashed Obv. st, Die Break U
This coin is a WOW! Morgan VAM.
17B (revised) III2 10 - C3e (Metal in 882, Long Die Scratches, O Tilted Left, Clashed Obv. st, Die Break U) (181) I-2 R-6
Obverse III2 10 - Radial die crack from rim down thru left U in PLURIBUS to hair with displaced field break.
LVA Plate Photos:
Here is the break from the ‘U” of PLURIBUS down to the cap.
The horizontal die crack above the date is fairly large in places, and interestingly it runs from the left 3 stars through the right 3 stars. In the second picture you can barely see the ‘st’ clash in the hair v above the second right star, which was difficult to photograph.
There is also a small break curving from the left of the neck tip towards the rim.
This break connects with a crack in the liberty’s hair that almost appears to run from the front hair through the wheat leaves, and finally through the cap. The crack at the end of the cap barely runs into the field. The second picture attempts to show this, but it is difficult to see (it’s just above the clash).
With regard to the date, although there is “metal in the 882” the ’82’ still looks as though it has doubling to me (especially the 2 which at the least looks somewhat like a re-punch).
Obverse gouges all over this variety. The first picture shows (for reference) the gouges through ‘TY’ of ‘LIBERTY’. I find the gouge (or whatever it is) that branches out from just below the right middle side of the ‘Y’ especially interesting because its appearance is very similar to the top right of the “Y”.
The next two pictures show that one of the gouges that runs into the hair has some pitting surrounding it.
One small gouge runs out from the end of the cap bun.
Another couple of small gouges are in the hair below the ear.
And finally, one interestingly placed gouge runs through Liberty’s nose.
The obverse also has some good wreath gouges, which I know are not normally listed. This coin my also have the clashed ‘n’ by the neck, but if so it is very faint.
I didn’t include pictures of the O mint mark on the reverse, and there isn’t much interesting with the reverse. Some of the wreath leaves are over-polished. The only picture I’ve included of the reverse is a small gouge below the Eagle’s left talons (which is probably too small to mention).
Full Coin Photos
Large full coin photos courtesy of Heritage, attributed by mhomei