1893-S VAMs

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Revised 2011


1(revised) III2 1 - C3a (Far Date) (187) I-2 R-5
Obverse III2 1 - Date set further right than normal at left edge slightly high 3.
Die marker - Diagonal polishing line in top of T in LIBERTY.
Reverse C3a - Normal die of C3 type with a medium IV S mint mark centered and upright.


2 III2 1 - C3b (Far Date, S tilted to the Right) (?) I-2 R-6
Obverse III2 1 - Same die as VAM 1 with diagonal polishing mark in top of T in LIBERTY.
Reverse C3a - Medium IV S mint mark set slightly low and centered with slight tilt to the right.
1. Only one obverse die is known to have been used. Van Allen & Mallis report the average San Francisco pieces struck per die pair at 121,930. Only 100,000 pieces were reported as minted for the 1893-S.

LVA Plate Photo:

Fake Gallery:

Counterfeits may include added S mintmarks to 1893-P, altered digits, or struck or molded copies.
Altered genuine Morgan Dollar Thread:
1. 1893-P VAM-4

Due to the large number and frequency at which fakes are currently being found a photo galley has been assembled.
Camera.jpg 1893-S Fake Gallery

Additional Photos

Here is a link to article on the identifiers for these varieties.
Characteristics of Genuine 1893 S Morgan Dollars by John Roberts
The entire mintage was produced using one obverse die and two reverse dies.
The date is positioned with the left edge of the base of the 1 over the right half of the third denticle from the point of the neck and the right edge of the base of the 1 is over the left half of the fifth denticle. (RH3 LH5)
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Two small die gouges nicknamed the 'rabbit ears' are found in the left foot of the R of LIBERTY. Note the scratch inside the T as well
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An almost horizontal die scratch may be found between the lower wheat and first cotton leaf
93s genuine leaves small.jpg

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The 'normal' mintmark reverse has the S set upright almost perfectly centered under the bow knot.
It is slightly closer to the bow above it than the leters DO below it.
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The 'tilted' mintmark reverse has the S set with a tilt to the right. It is slightly closer to the letters DO below it
than the bow above it. There is a diagonal line down slightly to the left thru the center of the bow opening
93s genuine tilted mm small.jpg

Full Coin Photos

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