1900-P VAM-18 2 Olive Reverse
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, January 1980.
Revised October 2011, Brent Fogelberg.
This coin is a Hot 50 Morgan VAM.
18 (revised) III2 25 - C4/C3c (2 Olive Reverse) (189) I-3 R-4
Obverse III 2 25 - Same die as VAM 30 with vertical die scratch in front of eye and slightly doubled bottom inside of 9 lower loop which is likely in a hub.
Reverse C4/C3c- Extra olive to right of olive connected to olive branch. Doubling at base of all three olive leaf clusters, top of second arrow feather from top, back of lower arrow head, on right of two innermost right wing feathers next to leg, right side of eagle’s nostril and eye, and upper feathers of eagle's left wing. Die marker - Polishing lines at olive branch.
Comments: *Note- The last 2 pictures on this page show die markers for both the VAM 18 and VAM 30 reverse dies. As of Oct. 2011 as per LVA.
LVA Plate Photos
Below are images of example with eye marker - note 9 is doubled as in VAM-30.
The date is set in the normal position. Note that you will see interesting die scratches on the images example here. They can be used to absolutely confirm an attribution but should not be used to exclude one. The polish may have occurred in midproduction, with earlier examples not exhibiting this.
The characteristic second ghost olive from the C4/C3 hubbing....
....also a strong douling on the eagle's left wing (to the viewer's right)....
....and doubling of the eagle's nostril.
Heavy die scratches on the central obverse device on at least some specimens.