1921-P VAM-3DN Scribbling Die Scratches #75
Discovered November 2007
January 2009 update: This variety seems to be the same as 1921-P VAM-68. Leroy to examine and likely incorporate this VAM into the VAM-68.
2010 Supplement: Eliminated, incorporated in VAM-68.
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.
Note the "S" shaped die crack above the right toe (the eagle's left toe) that hopefully occurred early in the die life, which would provide an easy attribution feature. This is not a scribble, but a die crack:
Distinctive scratches in the small field area between the right ribbon bow and the leaves above it:
Closeup of the aforementioned area:
Here is a reverse die crack that may not occur in EDS specimens but may be more pronounced in LDS specimens. Please pardon the green goo, which is of course not a die variety feature but one of many pains in the neck that you just hate to discover on your favorite VAMs:
Obverse dot to the right of the second right star, seen on all examples of this variety to come to light:
Here is a distinctive obverse die crack out of the nose that may show up on later die state (LDS) examples of this variety. There are other 21-P varieties with similar nose cracks, such as 1921-P VAM-3DA, so be sure to check other features for proper attribution:
Raw 63, ANACS 58 det cleaned (disc coin), raw 50. This variety probably isn't too scarce.