1887-O VAM-5 Doubled Stars and Motto
Discovered by Maurice Dubreuil, January 1975.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
5 III2 5 C3a (Doubled Stars and Motto) (181) I-5 R-5
Obverse III2 5 - A doubled die in the radial direction causing all stars and lettering to be doubled next to rim. Denticles are filled below and to the left of date. Die chips between loops of first 8 on left and second 8 on right.
1. 1887-O VAM-5 Doubled Stars. On this coin, the obverse stars are doubled toward the rim. This feature is subtle and unless you are looking specifically for the doubling, it is hard to notice.
2. Rim cud was assigned VAM-5A in 2009.
LVA Plate Photos
The variety is frequently misattributed, even in certified holders. Care must be taken with any purported example. Several die markers will positively confirm a correct attribution.
The stars, particularly those just to the left and, as pictured below, to the right of the date are doubled towards the rim.
Other doubling is evident on the obverse. The letters of UNUM show a nice spread toward the rim.
The date is set within the 'normal' range. The left edge of the base of the 1 is over the left half of the third denticle counting from the point of the neck, while the right edge of the base of the 1 is over the space between the fourth and fifth denticles. In shorthand this would be LH3B45.
A pair of diagonal die lines in the rear of the nostril opening may be found on well preserved examples
The mintmark is set within the normal range. Close examination reveals the 'O' is set slightly to the left of the center of the bow knot with a minor tilt to the left.
A die gouge parallel to the inside of the eagle's right (viewer's left) leg is present on all examples.
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-5 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACS