Discovered by Clayton Christiansen, September 2004. Revised 2016
3W (revised)IV 1 · D2a (Triple Gouges Left Stars, Scribbling Die Scratches #95) (189) I-2 R-5
Obverse IV 1– Triple diagonal die gouges from denticles to first two left stars plus single diagonal die gouge below jaw. Very slightly tripled left stars and E PLU towards rim and very slightly doubled profile from hair down to chin.
Reverse D2a – 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 eagle's left wing. Die marker - Die gouge in field back of eagle's head. (Formerly VAM-3EH)
1- Triple diagonal die gouges from denticles to the first two left stars plus a single diagonal die gouge below jaw. Very slightly tripled left stars and E PLU towards rim and very slightly doubled profile from hair down to chin.
2 - 1921-P VAM-3EH was a duplicate listing of VAM-3W for scribbles and was eliminated.
LVA Plate Photos
Die gouges between first and second left stars.
One specimen was found to have thin die scratches on the reverse through M of AMERICA.
A small spike comes off the left of the eagle's neck. Possibly caused by a clashed die.
Photos first attributed as VAM-3EH
Small gouge out of the back of the eagle's head:
Gouge at back of eagle's neck (also a bit faint):
Does that look like part of a scratch at the upper left of the M (as shown on the 3W page)?
I also found a faint gouge under Liberty's chin, roughly pointing between left stars #2 and #3: