1921-D VAM-1Q "Pompadour T - Die Break T, Top"
Discovered by Jim Hart, June 2001
1Q (revised) IV 1 D2a (Die Break T Top) (189) I-2 R-6
Reverse D2a - Die crack thru tops of STATES OF extending left to wing tip and denticles with small die break at top of second T in STATES.
Fine die scratches in various directions on over polished tail feathers around eagle's right leg, between eagle's left wing and body and middle of both wings. Die marker - Single horizontal polishing line in top of wreath leaves opposite U in UNITED.
Comments: Die break top of second 'T' of 'STATES' on the reverse. The "Pompadour" die break is popular with collectors, and comes in high grades. This die break runs across the top of the T in STATES. Looking like a windswept hairdo, this unusual break has extended the upper left potion of the T. This funky styling of the T is the reason it was nicknamed “Pompadour.”
LVA Plate Photos
The VAM-1Q appears to be quite rare in mint state. Even circulated coins are tough to find.
Shown here are early and middle die state examples. You can see how the die breaks are developing.
Here is a recently found raw circulated Late Die State. You can easily see the break on this one with no optical help.
There are few other die cracks on this variety. One diagnostic crack can be found running through the Eagle’s right wing across the top of STATES to the top of the word OF.
There is an early die state of the VAM 1Q known with a filled D in DOLLAR, making "ONE OLLAR." The die break on top of the T in STATES is not yet fully formed, but the cracks that will later become the "Pompadour" are present. Filled dies are no longer assigned VAM numbers, but as collectors find them interesting, it is definitely worth noting. I know of two specimens of this filled die.
This reverse die had scribbling scratches earlier in its die life, but they became worn by the time the variety reached the stage with all of the breaks. The EDS stage was listed for a while as the 1921-D VAM-1CH.
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