1921-P VAM-3CW Scribbling Die Scratches #58
Scribbling scratches varieties are numerous and difficult to photograph. Many existing varieties include scribbling scratches features on the tailfeathers in addition to their primary features (pick up points). When possible, we will attempt to show non-scribbling scratches die features to help with attribution. Some of the new scribbling scratches varieties have been eliminated as early die states of known VAMs for which the die breaks, etc. have not yet formed, and more will likely follow.
COMMENTS: Update May 2008: An EDS example with obverse scribbles has come to light! This one will be sent to Leroy.
Update June 2008: Leroy has issued a revision to the 3CW:
3CW (revised) IV 1•D2a (Scribbling Die Scratches Check, Leg & Wing)(189)I-4 R-5
Obverse IV 1- Slightly doubled nose and lips plus most left stars. Scribbling die scratches in various directions on check and back of jaw to remove rust pits.
Reverse D2a- 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- Single horizontal polishing line at left of eagle’s left leg.
Note this tiny field gouge off the right olive leaf that points toward the olive:
The 1921-P VAM-3CW may be previously listed as the 1921-P VAM-3AX Bean Bottom S. Leroy does not have a specimen of the 3AX and cannot confirm or deny this. If you have a VAM-3AX, please compare it to the scribbles above and post if there is indeed VAM convergence.
Below you can see the beginning of a potential bean bottom S break in the lower serif of the second S in STATES. Click on the bean bottom S link for more info about this VAM, which may be the EDS of another listed variety: