1889-P VAM-5B Far Date, Pitted Rev., Gouge Olive Branch, Clashed Obverse n
Discovered by John Coxe, November 2006.
This coin is a Hit List 40 Morgan Vam.
5B III25 · C3a (Far Date, Pitted Rev., Gouge Olive Branch, Clashed Obverse n) (190) I-3 R-5
Obverse III25– Clashed die with partial incuse n of In from reverse showing next to Liberty head neck.
1. Like the VAM-22, the VAM-5A was clashed but the neck clash atop the right wing is further left on this one. The VAM-22 is not an advanced state of the VAM-5A. A partial n (from "In") transfer is visible along Liberty's neck too. To finalize the attribution, as if the pitting was insufficient, there are very visible die scratches between the eagle's neck and left wing. Locating one of these can be a formidable challenge. They appear to be much rarer than the Top-100 barwings. The author's only one so far is pictured here.
LVA Plate Photos
The key features to note for this variety are the pittings at the eagle's right wing (viewer's left) and from the wreath through the D of DOLLAR.
Full Coin Photos
Full Coin VAM-5B Images ©Heritage Auctions, used with permission. Attributed by Ron Hagler