1896-O VAM-4 Micro O Mint Mark
Discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM,
4(Privately made) III21 · C3d (Small Micro O Tilted Far Right) (181) R-6
Obverse III21– Normal die type but with rounded design were it meets field. Date in normal lateral position but slightly low. Die marker– Single line at base of top cotton leaf. (Specific 1896 die copied not yet determined.)
Reverse C3d– Small micro I O mint mark set slightly high and centered with tilt far to right. Rounded design where it meets field, particularly wing and tail feather edges. Dies copied from 1899 O VAM 6 reverse coin with same micro O mint mark position and couple faint short diagonal polishing lines at inner end of sixth and seventh feather from bottom of eagle’s left wing– same as for 1899 O VAM 6. Also has small raised dot on left side of fifth tail feather-- same as for 1899 O VAM 6. Three different reverse dies used that were copies of 1899 O VAM 6 reverse coin. Die 1-- Extremely fine raised dots around LLAR. Die 2– Small raised dots around LLAR in different pattern. Die 3– Small raised dots around LAR, right star, wreath leaves above AR and below and below and to right of lower arrow head. All three dies have same indents to left of O mint mark and to right of N in ONE from 1899 O copied coin bag marks.
1. Since VAM numbers are assigned by die classification, and not just by die pairing, multiple die pairings may exist.
2. [PCGS announcement that they no longer slab these micro Os as they believe they are counterfeit].
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From the VAMview archives. Prices fell significantly after PCGS stopped attributing them.