Discovered by Michael Fey, October 1999.
Prior 3K became 3K2 June 2017
3K2 IV 1 D2a (Die Breaks 1-3 Left Stars) (189) I-2 R-6
Obverse IV 1- Die crack thru all 1-7 left stars with die chips left side of 1 & 3 left stars and displaced field break at 1-3 left stars and between 1 & 3 left stars.
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 - Vertical die scratch thru sixth outer feather from bottom of eagle's right wing.
1 – Cracks and breaks around first three left stars are much more severe on VAM 3K2 than they are on VAM 3K1.
LVA Plate Photos
It seems that the VAM-3K is also a scribbling scratches variety, also listed for a while as 1921-P VAM-3CO, though this is still waiting Leroy confirmation. The oblong "stretched football" field scribble off the feathers off the right leg is a case-closed diagnostic feature:
The scribbles in the traditional areas are highly concentrated and difficult to photograph. They contain a combination of straight and very curved scratches: