1921-D VAM-5D Tripled Date and Stars, Rusted Die on Face
Discovered by Michael Ash, August 2006. Revised 2009
5D (revised) IV 4 · D2a (Tripled Date and Stars, Rusted Die on Face) (189) I-2 R-6
Obverse IV 4– Raised dots and splotches on Liberty head face from rusted die.
Reverse D2a– Start of die break at bottom inside of lower loop of second S in STATES, with tiny die chip at bottom inside of upper loop. Fine die scratches in various directions on over polished tail feathers around eagle's right leg and between eagle's left wing and body. Die marker - Vertical fine die scratch thru upper loop os right S in STATES up to rim.
1- This is a "Bean Bottom S" variety. Click on the Bean Bottom S VAMworld page for links to the other bean bottom VAMs.
2- As of December 2015, there may be only 3 of these known (at least known to the author of this paragraph), the discovery coin (ANACS 58) and another that was the new 1921-D VAM-1DF2 for a short while before elimination as same as VAM-5D. The 1921-D VAM-1DF discovery coin may be a third, but it has not been examined and may not have full VAM-5D features.
LVA Plate Photos
New January 2009 - photos of the 1921-D VAM-5D Discovery Coin (ANACS 58)!
This variety has a "severed bean", similar to the 1921-D VAM-5E, but note also the nice vertical die scratch through the S and up into the denticles:
The 21-D VAM-5D is also a fantastic scribbling scratches variety:Discovery Coin
Distinctive scribbles in the field off the eagle's right leg feathers:Discovery Coin
Scribbles at junction of eagle's left wing and body: Discovery Coin
Full Coin Photos
From Mhomei, Large Full Coin Photos and Attribution by VSS