1921-D VAM-1A1 Pierced Tail Feathers
Discovered by Larry Briggs, November 2002
1A1 IV 1 D2a (Pierced Tail Feather Die Scratch, Sri'c'bbling Die Scratches) (189) I-2 R-5
Reverse D2a- Long horizontal die scratch thru tail feathers between eagle's legs. Some later die state specimens have a small die scratch thru od in God. (Formerly VAM 1AB)
Fine die scratches in various directions on over polished tail feathers around eagle’s right leg and between eagle’s left wing and body.
Die marker - Horizontal die scratch in upper tail feathers.
Comments: The pierced tail feather variety has proven to be elusive. Only one coin was known with this unique die gouge at the time of first publication of Fun With 1921. More have emerged, but this variety has proven to be one of the more difficult coins to find. The most interesting discovery was made when John Kohut noticed the Top 100 VAM-1A2 (former VAM-1A) TRU_T filled die had the exact same die gouge! Everybody’s attention was drawn to the eye-popping missing letter and the die gouge went unnoticed from 1968 until late 2004!
LVA Plate Photos
Some VAM-1A1 coins have a die scratch through the OD of God. It is not clear yet if coins with the line are more or less common than those without. 2nd gouge discovered by Jack Lee in 2004.
63A, 62A, 61N, 61A, 60A (Total: 5 MS, 3 Circ)