1902-O VAM-31A Near Date, 2 Olive Reverse, Clashed Obverse n & st
Discovered by Mark Kimpton, August 2003.
31A III2 3 · C4/C3p (Near Date, 2 Olive Reverse, Clashed Obverse n & st) (181) I-3 R-5
Obverse III2 3– Base of 2 filled in. Clashed die with partial incuse n of In from reverse next to Liberty head neck and partial incuse t of Trust from reverse showing in right hair vee of lower hair edge.
1. Another identifier for the coin is a counterclash along Liberty's neck pointing towards the foot of the clashed "n". This is not listed in the VAM description, but amoung other identifiers, can be used to identify this VAM quickly.
2. Four coins were assembled for the enhanced version of this page. Note that this VAM comes with both a filled 2, and unfilled 2. Of the four coins assembled, 3 were filled 2s, and one was an unfilled 2. In addition, the reverse die was apparently removed and polished and minting resumed. No evidence of obverse polishing can be noted.
3. Note that no known examples of VAM-31 have a filled 2. From a study of the 4 coins, it would appear that as a VAM-31, the clash/counterclash with clashed "n" and "st" occurred before the 2 in the date filled. Sometime after the clash/counterclash and letter transfer, the 2 filled. At some point later the reverse die was removed, and polished. Then minting resumed with the clash/counterclash, letter transfer, filled 2, polished reverse die, and unpolished obverse die.
4. Nice specimens show a light M clash above d in God
LVA Plate Photos:
Date is listed as a "Near" date. Based on other VAMs in this series, it could be "Normal".
Mint markl position and orientation. Described as set high, slightly right.
View of Profile
Although not listed with a doubled profile, there is very slight doubling on the forehead of Liberty, most noticeable directly in-line with the eyelid.
View of Olive Branch From Reverse
Noted Reverse Doubling
Right of Eagle's nostril and eye.
Back of lower arrow head.
Top feathers of Eagle's left wing.
Notable Secondary Diagnostics
Counterclash along Liberty's neck pointing to foot of clashed "n".
Die chip in front of Liberty's eye, typical of all 4 coins assembled.
Overview of doubled ear, typical of all four coins assembled.
Close-up of doubled ear lobe. Rather than die doubling, strike doubling or machine doubling, the ear lobe may be a result of die wear. See the photos of the surface of he obverse below showing the state of die sinking.
Close-up of doubled right and left inside ear. This is likely a result of die doubling.
Die sinking on obverse at 3rd and 4th right star. Typical on all four coins assembled.
Liberty's neck clash at Eagles right wing top - unpolished.
Liberty's neck clash at Eagles right wing top - polished.
Liberty's lip clash at left wreath - unpolished.
Liberty's lip clash at left wreath - polished.
Here is the date for the rarer early stage, without the fill in the 2.
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Photo courtesy of Heritage and attribution by Mhomei; With filled 2