1921-D VAM-1L Die Break AM AMERICA
Discovered by Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., May 2000 (Desirability: )
1L1 IV 1 · D2a (Die Break AM) (189) I-2 R-5
Reverse D2a– Small die break from the top left of M in AMERICA extending to left halfway to A top.
1L2 IV 1 · D2a (Die Break AM, Die Scratches ERI) (189) I-2 R-6
Reverse D2a– Late die state shows fine polishing lines thru bottom of ERI and vertical polished bands thru n G of In God,
COMMENTS: The VAM-1L variety has one of the nicer breaks in the 1921-D grouping. There is a significant die break emerging from the top left side of the M in AMERICA, running to the left toward the neighboring A. Look at the size of the break coming off the M!
Please note that there is an amazingly similar die crack in the same shape as the die break on the VAM-1AR coin. If you have what looks like a VAM-1L early die state, be sure to check the diagnostic cracks on the VAM-1AR to be certain of the attribution. One key to distinguishing a VAM-1L coin from VAM-1AR is the slightly upward curving crack between the IC of AMERICA.
This is a scribbling scratches tailfeathers variety. Note the great, long scribbling scratch in the field to the left of the eagle's right leg feathers. Scribbles are easiest to distinguish on EDS examples of this variety:
This circulated example shows a possible retained cud over AM, small die break at the 1st right star, displaced field at the 2nd left star.
65P, 65P, 65P, 633P, 63A (Total: 20 MS, 25 Circ.)