1891-O VAM-1A

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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.
Comments:
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

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LVA Plate Photos

1891-O Clashed BERT.jpg1891-O VAM-1A Clashed D&O.jpg
1891-O VAM-1A-Clashed O.jpg1891-O VAM-1A Late Die Stage.jpg

Additional Photos

1891o vam1a rev.jpg
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.
1891o vam1a rev b.jpg
L in LIBERTY shows up on some of these.
1891-O LBERT Rev.jpg
RSK posted this late die state example in an ANACS holder graded AU-53 Cleaned. Notice the cud at about 8 O'clock.
91-O R.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1A Images© on loan to VAMworld [courtesy] TeletTradeLogo14.jpg® ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS LOGO3.jpg