1889-P VAM-38 Doubled Ear, Far Date
Discovered by C. Logan McKechnie September 2002.
38 III2 34 C3a (Doubled Ear, Far Date) ( ? ) I-2 R-5
Obverse III2 34- Ear slightly doubled at right inside, top right outside and bottom outside. Date set further right than normal with 9 set slightly high.
Diagnostic- Fine diagonal polishing lines between cotton bolls.
Die marker- Small die chip at right outside of ear and die crack between 18.
LVA Plate Photos:
Die marker added per John Coxe revision VAM-9, 10/2014:
"I found the coin. It is a PCGS 64DMPL that I sent to Leroy as a repolished VAM-38. He retuned it, saying it was VAM-9. I did not send my other PCGS 63 indisputable VAM-38 for comparison at the time. I compared both sides, identifying markers and they are the same dies. Upon repolishing the obverse die to DMPL, the ear doubling was muted. The slanting of the date was not noted in the VAM-38 description. Leroy was wrong on the VAM-9 call.
A later die state shows a small die break between the two 8s and a double clash of the eagle's beak at the junction of Liberty's neck and jaw. There are other heavy clashes in front of Liberty's mouth and in front of Liberty's neck, but no noticeable letter transfer.
- Small die chip at right outside of ear
- Diagonal polishing line right of cotton bolls
- Diagonal scratch left of hair curl
- Horizontal scratch in hair
Full Coin Photos
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-38 EDS Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY the discoverer, Logan McKechnie