1900-O VAM-29A

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1900-O VAM-29A Doubled Right 0 Top, Die Break in Date

Discovered by Maurice Dubreuil, February 1977. Revised 2009. (Not to be confused with VAM-35A)
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
29A (revised) III2 34 - C3a (Doubled Right 0 Top, Die Break in Date) (189) I-4 R-6
Obverse III2 34 - Die Crack thru bottom of date extending over to denticles below neck point with wide break between 1 base and denticles. Break is as high as date digits above field.

Comments:
1. This VAM has a die break from the denticles running almost horizontally through the bottom of the date. Late die states have a huge break with lots of metal pushing upward. It is very distinctive.
2. Unfortunately, early die states of the break are not as bold and can be confused with the VAM-35A. Complicating this issue is the fact that the VAM-29A brings a significant premium when sold where the 1900-O VAM-35A usually does not. VAM-29A is seldom, if ever, found in mint state and the 1900-O VAM-35A can be found in high grades. The VAM-35A is not actually a die break but rather a die crack. No metal was significantly displaced as happened in the late stages of the VAM-29A. This page should help attribute the differences in the early stages of the VAM-29A from the VAM-35A.

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Below is a 1900-O VAM-29A early/medium die state. Note the crack begins on left edge of the denticle space under Liberty's neck V.
Additionally, the crack starts on the curve of the 9.
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NESVT 1900O 29A 1.JPG GRW 1900 O 29A Date.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-29A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler

The 1900-O VAM-29A below has an interesting pedigree. It was part of the prize-winning, first complete Top 100 Morgan VAM set, assembled by Mike Andrew:
1900-O VAM-29A ANACS 08 MAndrew pedigree.jpg

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