1891-O VAM-1A Clashed E Reverse
Discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.
This coin is a Top 100 and a WOW! Morgan VAM.
1A III2 1 C3a (E on Reverse) (181) I-4 R-3
Reverse C3a - Clashed die with full E under eagle's tail feathers on left side.
1- The die states of the 1A die pair have been catalogued as 1891-O VAM-1A1, 1891-O VAM-1A2, 1891-O VAM-1A3, and 1891-O VAM-1A4. This VAM has a the strongest E clashed on the reverse of any Morgan dollar. In fact, the E on the reverse looks like it was actually part of the design it was so strong. This is a really cool variety well worth a substantial premium to own in AU. Mint state examples are exceptionally rare.
2- So the order in progression is
- 1st VAM-1a1 Clash
- 2nd VAM-1a4 Clash Polishing and gouge
- 3rd VAM-1a2 Depression to Bump
- 4th VAM-1a3 Terminal break on Bump with non displaced radial break from UNITED
- VAM-1A1 Through 1A4
LVA Plate Photos
Additionally, the reverse is loaded with extra design elements transferred from the obverse die when the two dies clashed together without a planchet in the chamber.
L in LIBERTY shows up on some of these.
RSK posted this late die state example in an ANACS holder graded AU-53 Cleaned. Notice the cud at about 8 O'clock.
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