1921-D VAM-1J

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1921-D VAM-1J Die Break A, Cud at UNITED, Collar Clash Obverse

Discovered by Michael S. Fey, October 1999 (Desirability: Star5.gif) 3-19-14 Revised L.N.
Revised 2016
1J(revised) IV 1 · D2a (Die Break A, Cud at UNITED, Collar Clash Obverse, Scribbling Die Scratches) (189) I-3 R-7
Obverse IV 1 - Collar clash with light reeding indent at outside edge of rim from 11-1 o'clock appearing on EDS of breaks.
Reverse D2a– Large die break at top of A in STATES extending left into denticles. Late die states show heavy die crack at top of ED in UNITED extending left and right to denticles with displaced field of retained cud.
Fine die scratches in carious directions on over polished tail feathers around eagle's right leg.
Die marker - Vertical die scratch on 5 to 9 outer feathers from bottom of eagle's right wing.
1- VAM-1J exhibits a large die break above the top of the A in STATES extending up and left into the denticles.
2- Considered the “King” of 1921-D non-cud die breaks, this is one of the largest die breaks in the 1921-D series. At the time “Fun With 1921” was published, there were only six known coins in the condition census. It appears that a small group of high quality coins was certified at NGC without the realization that they were this rare VAM. While the high end of the population has grown, this is a very tough VAM to find!
3- ONLY the Late Die State (LDS) commands a price premium. Earlier die states may also be labeled as VAM-1J.
For a coin to be considered LDS or late die state, the top left of the break must be raised up as in the picture below.
4- 5/30/2013 - It has been reported that at least late MDS coins exhibit a collar clash above LURIB. This may result in a split of the listing to 1J1 & 1J2.
5- 3-19-14 - Collar clash on EDS example only elicited a revision via Leroy.
6- More Photos of this variety - Close-ups - 2014

LVA Plate Photos

Additional Photos

For a coin to be considered LDS or late die state, the top left of the break must be raised up as in the picture below.
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The late die state of this coin showing the huge break is extremely rare. Early die state coins with cracks above the A in STATES, but not exhibiting the large break, are more common than the full die break but are still hard to find. It appears that the die was taken out of service shortly after the break occurred, limiting the number produced. The very latest coins struck have a retained cud over the ED of UNITED and are the most valuable examples.
1921 d vam 1j cud.jpg
LDS- Retained cud is forming near wing tip. but not lifted
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Ja21D 1Jmds-D.jpg Ja21D-1J-mds-A.jpg
Early Die State
Ja21D-1J-early-D.jpg Ja21D-1J-early-A.jpg
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Full Coin Photos

2 full coin copyrighted© VAM-1J MDS images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of oldcollectorcoins attributed by Leroy Van Allen

PCGS and NGC do not attribute VAM-1J.
As of November 2007, ANACS has attributed 23 coins in all die states.
The highest being 1 MS64, 1 MS 63, 2 MS62, and 1 MS61.
ANACS does not label coins as LDS.
Total: 38 graded; 14 confirmed LDS; 5 confirmed MDS - 19 not confirmed
LDS Confirmed 4/2013
NGC 65
NGC 64 (3)
NGC 63 (2)
ANACS 62 (2)
SEGS 58 (2)
ANACS 55 (2)
ANACS 53 details
RAW BU - 1
RAW 45
RAW 40 - 2
( 10 Circ.)
NGC 65
ANACS 58(2)
MS 63
Raw BU - 1
Raw AU - 1
Raw XF40 - 2