1921-D VAM-1AK1 Die Gouge E #3
Discovered by Rob Joyce, August 2003 (Desirability: )
1AK1 (revised) IV 1 · D2a (Die Gouge E #3) (189) I-2 R-6
Reverse D2a– Vertical, broad and shallow die gouge at top left of E in ONE.
Fine die scratches in various directions on over polished tail feathers around eagle's right leg, between eagle's left wing and body and in middle of eagle's left wing. Die marker - Vertical die scratch thru eighth outer feather from bottom in eagle's right wing.
Comments: July 2009 Update...Leroy has split this VAM into two die stages, one with the dot above the obverse date (1AK2, LDS) and one without the dot (1AK1, EDS). It is unclear if a "dotless" example has been confirmed.
LVA Plate Photos
VAM-1AK can be attributed by locating a small vertical die gouge at the top left of the E in ONE. This reverse gouge is broad and shallow, and will be hard to locate on worn, circulated coins. This variety has turned out to be a very hard variety to locate with few coming to light. This variety is the fourth 1921-D discovery of a die gouge passing through the E in ONE. The other gouges are VAM-1U, VAM-1AA1 and VAM-1AL.
In May 2005, Larry Galbraith noticed that there is a dot above the 1 in the date. In July 2009 someone submitted an example to Leroy, and Leroy noted that the dot is actually a late die state (LDS) and created the 1921-D VAM-1AK2.
This VAM is a great scribbling scratches variety. Previously known specimens showed worn scribbles from a worn die, as below. At the bottom of this page, please see photos of an EDS variety that shows sharper scribbles:
Earlier die state example:
Many scribbling scratches varieties show scribbles in the left wing, and this VAM has some of the best:
There is also a well-hidden die gouge parallel to the olive branch below the bow.
63N, 62S, 62R, 62R, 50R (Total: 4 MS, 1 Circ.)