1921-D VAM-1CD

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1921-D VAM-1CD Scribbling Die Scratches on Tail Feathers #5

Discovered May 2007
1CD IV - D2a (Scribbling Die Scratches #5) (189) I-2 R-5
Reverse D2a - 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 both wings. Die marker - Long single polishing line at tip of eagle's right wing and top of ST.
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We will start with die scratches, which should be easy diagnostic tools for specimens in higher grade:
1921-D VAM-1CD die scratch S.jpg
1921-D VAM-1CD die scratch IT.jpg
1921-D VAM-1CD die scratch leaf.jpg
Scribbling scratches for this variety are relatively easy to distinguish:
1921-D VAM-1CD scrib scratches.jpg
Note the distinctive dominant curved scratch. The 1921-D VAM-1CA has a similar dominant long curved scratch. You have to have a steady hand to do these overlays, and this author does not have one and would make a terrible mint engraver. Doing overlays gives you immediate appreciation for all of the ones that Rob did for his "Fun with 21" book:
1921-D VAM-1CD scrib scratches2.jpg1921-D VAM-1CD scrib scratches3.JPG
Finally...as if you didn't have enough pick up points already...there is a small curvy x-shaped scratch pattern in the field off the right leg:
1921-D VAM-1CD scrib scratches overlay2.JPG
PCGS MS65, ANACS 58
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