1888-O VAM-1B4

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1888-O VAM-1B4 Scarface Die Break Across Face & Hair, VLDS

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, January 2007.
1B4 III21 · C3a (Scarface Die Break Across Face_ Hair, VLDS) (181) I-4 R-6/7
Obverse III21– Die crack from denticles thru dot across field, cheek and neck plus across some lower hair. Tilted field die breaks at field and cheek and die chips on face and neck. Terminal die break state. Large premium price.
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1. 1888-O VAM-1B "Scarface". The mother of all Morgan Die breaks. This coin has a massive die break cutting right across Liberty's cheek. Typically found in baggy MS, most scarface coins apparently didn't circulate. Prices for this incredible naked-eye visible variety has exploded in recent years. This is a tremendously desirable coin with few samples available.

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The 1888-O VAM-1B comes in a number of stages, most of which are early die state (EDS) coins that are not "Scarface". Most of these EDS stages are worth much less than a true "Scarface". Before you buy a coin that a seller claims is a "Scarface", please do your research so that you know what you're really getting. The link to the VAMview issue that has the article on the Harrison Stages of the 1B is [[1]]
The photo below is late Die State 1B4- H10. The scar break has reached the hair and break at the back of the nose has formed.
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Below is a photo of a late die state H10, showing the vertical die crack rising out of the bridge of Liberty's nose (the crack closest to her eye):
ScarfaceH10LDS.jpg

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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1B4 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS LOGO3.jpg

1888-O $1 Scarface Die Break Obverse MS62 PCGS. Ex: Leroy Van Allen.

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