1893-S VAMs

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1893-S VAM Stats

1. Mintage: 100,000
2. Die Pairs: 30 (Source: Annual Reports of the Director of the Mint)
3. Dies used: 3
4. Die Study completed: Yes.

VAM 1 Far Date

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.

Comments:

  1. The entire mintage was produced using one obverse die and two reverse dies.
  2. Here is a link to article on the identifiers for these varieties.
Characteristics of Genuine 1893 S Morgan Dollars by John Roberts'

Threads:

LVA Plate Photos:

Additional Photos:

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.
VAM 1
93s normal mm small.jpg
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

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1 Images© on loan to VAMworld [courtesy] SB 18 logo.png® ATTRIBUTED BY

VAM 2 Far Date, S tilted to the Right

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.

Comments:

  1. The entire mintage was produced using one obverse die and two reverse dies.
  2. 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.
  3. Here is a link to article on the identifiers for these varieties.
Characteristics of Genuine 1893 S Morgan Dollars by John Roberts'

Threads:

LVA Plate Photo:

Fake Gallery:

There are NUMEROUS COUNTERFEITS!!!
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.
New Camera.jpg 1893-S Fake Gallery

Additional Photos:

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)
93s date small.jpg
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
93s rabbit ears small.jpg
An almost horizontal die scratch may be found between the lower wheat and first cotton leaf
93s genuine leaves small.jpg

1893-S RonH Headband.jpg

VAM 2
93s genuine tilted mm small.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© 1893-S VAM-2 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] 1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar, MS67 The Finest NGC-Certified Specimen From the Norweb and Jack Lee Collections. For the Description of this Fabulous Coin, click on the Heritage link above.
1893-S RonH VAM-1 OBV 07082011.jpg
1893-S RonH VAM-1 REV 07082011.jpg

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