1887-P VAM-1A

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1887 VAM-1A "Donkey Tail" die break

Discovered by A. George Mallis, July 1964.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
NOTE - May 2010 - VAM-1A retains historical designation, but was found to be the late die state of VAM-25 and was assigned 1887-P VAM-25A.
The discussion thread of this revision is [here].
1A III2 1 C3a (D with Tail) I-2 R-6
Reverse C3a - Die break on D in DOLLAR to form tail.
COMMENTS: Later die state of VAM-25 where an exciting die break forms as a small lump of metal on the bottom of the D of DOLLAR. Part of the Top 100 set, and recently featured in VamView Issue #2, the Donkey Tail is a coin even non-vam collectors want to own. It is possible to cherry pick these coins and they are often found in VF-XF condition. AU coins are very tough to find. Mint state Donkey Tails are truly ultra rare!

LVA Plate Photos

Additional Photos

1887 VAM 1A Closeup.jpg
1887-P VAM-1A closeup 2.jpg
The variety may also prove to be a weak overdate. A small raised curved area may be seen
to the right of the base of the digit 7 on all well preserved examples
87 v1a date a.jpg
1887-P VAM-1A dicovery coin PCGS LVA new.jpg
BOP 1887-P VAM-1A Donkey Tail .jpg
BOP 1887-P VAM-1A Donkey Tail 2.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© Historical VAM-1A ------- Redesignated VAM-25A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions

PCGS Pop report 11/06/10