1902-O VAM-96 Privately Made, Micro O, Near Date
Discovery 2015 By Rick DeSanctis
96 (Privately made) III2 Type - C3h (Near Date,Small Micro O Tilted Far Right) (181) R-7
Obverse III2 Type-Date set further left than normal in same lateral position as VAMs 63 & 67 counterfeits. Different die but likely cast die copy of same genuine 1902 coin. Same indent between 7th left star & E as VAMs 63 & 67, plus same raised dot in lower right hair vee. Fine raised dots in fields and rounded edges where design meets fields. Related to Micro O series thru same copied coin as 1902 VAM 67 that has same reverse as 1900 VAM 52 that has same obverse as 1900 VAM 5 Micro O.
ReverseC3h- C3 type with small Micro I O mint mark set slightly high and centered with tilt far to right, die copied from 1899 O VAM 6 Micro O reverse coin. Heavy raised dots around wreath leaves above AR in DOLLAR, typical of casting flaws and same die as 1901 O VAM 42 Micro O. Doesn't match any of dot patterns of three reverse dies used for 1896, 1900, & 1902 Micro O counterfeits. Rounded design where it meets the field. Diameter was 1.490--1.491" about same as 1900 O VAM 22C1, 1901 O VAM 42 Micro O, & 1902 O VAMS 63 & 67 counterfeits.