1921-D VAM-8A Flagged R Die Break R of AMERICA
VAM-1C Discovered May 1998. VAM-8A, Jeff Oxman discovered doubling, Mar 2001.
8A (revised) IV 7 D2d (Doubled Left Stars & Reverse, Die Chip Above R, Line Left Wing) (189) I-3 R-5
Reverse D2d- Extensive polishing lines in both wings and tail feathers with long diagonal polishing line in lower middle of eagle's left wing. Late die states show large die chip above R in AMERICA. (formerly 1C)
Comments: Using a VAM-8A coin as reference, in August 2007, Leroy updated the listing for the 1921-D VAM-8, shown below. The new 8A description will likely be the same but with refernce to the R break:
Obverse IV 7 - Slight doubling of all left stars and E-P towards rim. Right stars very slightly doubled to tripled towards rim.
Reverse D2d - 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 both wings. Die marker - Long diagonal polishing line in lower middle of eagle's left wing.
VAM-8A has a prominent die break above the R in AMERICA. The break is triangular, forming a small flag on top of the R. Additionally, the obverse stars to the left of the date are doubled and the reverse is doubled slightly around UNITED STATES.
- Note:This variety is sometimes confused with the VAM-1B1 break, which occurs in the same location above the R. Several examples of VAM-8A, misattributed as the more widely known VAM-1B1, have come to light, even on coins in professionally certified holders. Unlike the triangular VAM-8A die break, VAM-1B1 is a rounded semicircle. The two are easily differentiated when reference photos of both are available.
LVA Plate Photos
As in all VAM-8 1921-D coins, the left stars are doubled. This die pair was extensively polished. There are lines in Liberty’s hair, even lines on the cheek of the coin.
There is also a large die gouge in the Eagles left wing of the VAM-8A.
Below are drawings of die cracks approximating the locations of the variety features. The thickness of the line does not necessarily represent the size of the crack on the real coin. Often these cracks are extremely fine, present only on the latest die state coins, and need significant magnification to be seen. These cracks are like fingerprints, uniquely identifying specific dies and may help you identify earlier or later die states.
Note: Leroy's listing description for the 1921-D VAM-8 is as the EDS of the 1921-D VAM-8A (or 8A as the LDS of the VAM-8, whichever you prefer). However, the 1921-D VAM-8B has different scribbling scratches, breaks, and other features from the VAMs 8 and 8A, and thus likely came from different dies.
Full Coin Photos
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-8A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACS