1897-P VAM-1A

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1897-P VAM-1A Pitted Reverse

Discovered by Clarence Brown, May 1967.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
1A III2 1 C3a (Pitted Reverse) (190) I-2 R-5
Reverse C3a - Die is pitted to left below the eagle's tail feathers and in the lower left wreath
(1) Since VAM numbers are assigned by die classification, and not just by die pairing, multiple die pairings may exist.
(2) The 1897 VAM-1A and VAM-6A feature the same distinctively pitted reverse. No VAM-1A coins are currently known to exist. With thousands of eyes seeking this coin over the last 10 years since the publishing of the Top 100 book, it is almost certain that the VAM-1A does not exist.
(3) The listed difference between the VAM-1A and the VAM-6A is the placement of the date, which is Normal Left for the VAM-6A and Normal Center for the VAM-1A.

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VAM-6A The 'J' shaped scratch under the ear of VAM-6A has ended many a discussion about this variety.
97 v6a scratch ear.jpg