1896-P VAM-20

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1896-P VAM-20 Bar "6"

Discovered by John Baumgart April 2001
This coin is a Hot 50 Morgan VAM
20(formerly 1A) III2 20 · C3a (Bar 6 Over 6) (185) I-4 R-6
Obverse III2 20– 6 in date has thick curved bar on right inside of lower loop that matches curve of left side of 6. A short tip also shows at right inside of upper loop that continues the left side of the first punched 6. A very large shift of the digit punch. Date at right edge of lateral position. Die chip at hair front.
Reverse C3a.

1. If you enjoy controversy in die varieties, the 1896-P VAM-20 (Formerly1A) is for you. This variety shows a vertical line in the loop of the "6" of the date. Researchers debate the source of the line. Many say it is a die gouge, including Van Allen. Others maintain it is a 6/4 overdate, including Walter Breen (#5645 in Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins).
2. This is the 6 in the description. Other theories exist. A plausible one that has not been discussed is this was a rogue digit placement marker or a tooling artifact in modifying an unused or little used 1895 obverse die. There is also a long vertical die scratch in front of the eye, chips upper right inside the ear, and small but distinct scratches all around the ear.


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