1921-D VAM-1H

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1921-D VAM-1H “Spider Web Stars”

Discovered by Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., October 1999 (Desirability: Star3.gif)
1H1 (revised) IV 1 D2a (Die Break Second Star, Scribbling Die Scratches #37) (189) I-3 R-6
Obverse IV 1- Die break at lower left of second left star with heavy crack extending to denticles on left and first left star.
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 eagle's right wing. Die marker - Single vertical polishing line at top of eagle's left wing opposite A.
1H2 IV 1 D2a (Die Break Second & Third Stars, Scribbling Die Scratches #37) (189) I-3 R-7
Obverse IV 1- Late die state with additional large break on right side of third left star and displaced field break at crack.
COMMENTS: This variety has a long die break running from below Liberty's neck, through the first four stars to the left of the date. In VAM-1H, the second left star from the date has the strongest break and is elongated from the crack. The crack also forks just before the third star and intersects the rim. Below are close up photographs of this die break with a spider web likeness.
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Very late die state of VAM-1H contains a retained cud. These are exremely rare and worth many multiples of price over a normal VAM-1H.
1921d vam1h ret cud.jpg 21DVAM1HLDS1.jpg
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There are unique reverse cracks that can be used for attribution:
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The VAM-1H is also a scribbling scratches variety:
1921-D VAM-1H scrib scratches.jpg
65P, 65NTC, 65AGC, 64+ PCGS, 64R, 58R, 55A SEGS AU53LDS (Total: 3 MS, 13 Circ.)