1902-O VAM-31A

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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.

Comments:
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

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LVA Plate Photos:

1902-O VAM-31A Clashed n.jpg 1902-O VAM-31A Clashed st.jpg

Additional Photos:

02o v31a lower obv.jpg

Date is listed as a "Near" date. Based on other VAMs in this series, it could be "Normal".
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 1.jpg
Mint markl position and orientation. Described as set high, slightly right.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 4.jpg
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.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 2.jpg
View of Olive Branch From Reverse
C4/C3 reverse.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 3.jpg
Noted Reverse Doubling
Right of Eagle's nostril and eye.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 5.jpg
Back of lower arrow head.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 6.jpg
Top feathers of Eagle's left wing.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 7.jpg
Notable Secondary Diagnostics
Counterclash along Liberty's neck pointing to foot of clashed "n".
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 18.jpg
Die chip in front of Liberty's eye, typical of all 4 coins assembled.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 8.jpg
Overview of doubled ear, typical of all four coins assembled.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 9.jpg
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.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 10.jpg
Close-up of doubled right and left inside ear. This is likely a result of die doubling.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 11.jpg
Die sinking on obverse at 3rd and 4th right star. Typical on all four coins assembled.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 12.jpg
Liberty's neck clash at Eagles right wing top - unpolished.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 14.jpg
Liberty's neck clash at Eagles right wing top - polished.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 13.jpg
Liberty's lip clash at left wreath - unpolished.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 15.jpg
Liberty's lip clash at left wreath - polished.
ARS 1902 O VAM31AVW 16.jpg
Here is the date for the rarer early stage, without the fill in the 2.
1902-O-31Aeds-jbc-date.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Photo courtesy of Heritage and attribution by Mhomei; With filled 2

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