1896-O VAM-18A High O, Clashed Obverse G & t
Discovered by Mark Kimpton, August 2003.
This coin is a Kimpton 12 Morgan Vam.
18A(revised) III21 · C3f (High O, Clashed Obverse G & t) (181) I-4 R-6
Obverse III21– Clashed die with very left side of G of God from reverse showing next to Liberty head neck and partial t of Trust from reverse showing in right hair vee of lower hair edge.
LVA Plate Photos:
VAM-18A is the only identified clashed variety of the 1896-O date, at least the only one with any letter transfer. The clash, on a rotated die, was particularly strong in this case. The clash of Liberty's neck over the eagle's right wing (viewer's left) goes right up through the left side of the G and above it. Additionally, the side of the hair vee clash appears between the bottom of the second t in trust and the left wing edge. Because of that, we have nice G and t clashes on the obverse. Look to the right of the t clash though and see the other wing clashed. Not the two dark lines in the last image of this group but that bright one that is pointing 45 degress from down vertical.
The position of the mintmark for the C3f die, used only on VAM-18 and this successor state VAM-18A, is set high.
This variety is a Kimpton 12 Morgan VAM but not a member of the Top100, Hot-50 or SCD (Super Clashed Dies) and has been overlooked as such. However, it remains quite rare and and will likely prove to be a sleeper rarity of considerable interest in the future.
Full Coin Photos
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