1889-P VAM-5A

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1889-P VAM-5A Far Date, Pitted Reverse, Gouge Olive Branch

Discovered by John Coxe, November 2006 - with VAM-5B.
(Previous discovery by Leonard Hinckley, February 1974 and revised by Herb Zepke, December 1998, were a different coin, delisted because it was a striking error.)
This coin is a Hit List 40 Morgan VAM.
5A(revised) III2 5 C3a (Far Date, Pitted Reverse, Gouge Olive Branch) (190) I-3 R-5
Obverse III2 5 - Die Markers - Curved thread-like impression at lower back of Phrygian Cap and two diagonal polishing lines below lower lip.
Reverse C3a - Pitted die with raised dots from D of DOLLAR up to wreath and in middle and lower edge of eagle's right wing. Heavy polishing lines between olive leaves and diagonal die gouge across olive branch below olive.

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LVA Plate Photo:

1889-P VAM-5A Thread Impression.jpg

Additional Photos

The VAM-5A designation was intially bestowed upon the famous Top-100 barwing variety. However, it was later determined that the bar wing was, in fact, a reverse shared by two separate varieties, redesignated as VAM-19A and VAM-22. This variety is neither.
1889-P-5A-obv.jpg1889-P-5A-rev.jpg
The date on the VAM-5A is a far date, designated as obverse III2-5. That is the same obverse given to VAM-22. However, III2-5 refers to an undifferentiated class of 1889-P far dates. (In fact, the VAM description for III2-5 even specifically includes both opened and closed 9 dates.) This date is closer to the normal position.
1889-P-5A-date.jpg
Diagonal die gouge across olive branch below olive
1889-P VAM-5A die gouge.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-5A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS LOGO3.jpg
'John Roberts is the Director of Attribution Services at ANACS, a prolific writer of coin articles for Coin World magazine and numismatic books. CONECA Literary Awards and Recognitions Recipent for 2010. 'He is a longtime collector of Morgan dollar varieties and is considered an expert in attributing Morgan varieties and a Board of Directors member for the SSDC. We're very fortunate to have him contribute in this forum asVAMpicker.

see also VAM-5B, daughter variety and also Hit List 40. Discovery coin is ANACS AU55
raw AU-53
2/2011
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