1883-O VAM-58A Doubled Ear, O Tilted Left, Rusted Die Wing, Overlapping Reeding
Discovered by Metalencephalon/Raynat3/ChiefRet 2017
58A III2 31 - C3l (Doubled Ear, O Tilted Left, Rusted Die Wing, Overlapping Reeding) (?) I-2 R-5
Obverse III 2 31- Die clashed and polished with slightly doubled ear at left and right inside and right outside. Slightly beveled field at denticles from 12-4 o'clock.
Reverse C3l- Die clash marks. Beveled field at denticles from 8- 3 o'clock.
Edge- Reeding on edge is overlapping for about 6 segments initially at 3 1/2 & 9 o'clock, later at 4 & 10 o'clock.
1. The 1883-O VAM-58A is the poster child of New Orleans mint failures. Leroy Van Allen wrote that the VAM-58(A) "is [a] really really interesting coin with doubled ear, beveled denticles, pitting on wing and overlapping reeding at two locations!" Besides extreme die overuse and abuse, the VAM-58[A] shows several different clashmarks, stopping just short of letter transfer. * Reed count was impossible due to two sets of overlapping reeding."