1889-O VAM-23 Doubled Ear, 18 Tilted Right, High O
Discovered by Crae Morton, June 2006.
23(revised) III213 · C3f (Doubled Ear, 18 Tilted Right, High O) (181) I-3 R-5
Obverse III213– Ear slightly doubled at right inside. Date in normal lateral position but with 18 tilted slightly to right.
1. Leroy Van Allen lists the slightly doubled inner ear as the primary feature of this die variety. However, this variety also boasts sizable die chips in the upper loop of the D in DOLLAR on the reverse, which serves as another quick diagnostic. The whole lower reverse exhibits distinctive die sinking which makes the coin field "raised and uneven" per Van Allen.
LVA Plate Photos:
The die chips in the "D" of "DOLLAR" can really stand out in online photos:
This VAM has a "high 'O'" reverse. Note that the doubling on this particular coin's mint mark is strike doubling, so do not consider this specific mint mark doubling a diagnostic:
1889-O VAM-23 Discovery Coin ---- Discovered June 2006
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-23 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
(all known examples have been sold as common)
PCGS MS 63, NGC 63, NGC 63, NGC 62, NGC 62, NGC 62... ANACS 62 (formerly in NGC 61 holder).
There are potentially other VAM 23s in NGC holders sold by Heritage in the Spring and Summer of 2006. It seems a large grouping of these coins (perhaps 10-12) became available at the same time, suggesting that a roll or partial roll of VAM 23s was graded together. The majority of these coins are slabbed in MS 62 or lower condition. The condition census above was determined by searching all of Heritage's listings for the variety.