1921-P VAM-40A Quadrupled Right Stars, Denticle Impressions on Reverse
Discovered by Bill Fivaz, March 2004.
This coin is a Hit List 40 Morgan Vam and a Super CD Morgan Vam.
40A IV 33 · D1a (Quadrupled Right Stars, Denticle Impressions on Reverse) (189) I-4 R-6
Obverse IV 33– Some horizontal die polishing lines thru M of UNUM.
Reverse D1a– Five raised triangles below left tail feathers from impressions of outside of denticles with some faint raised triangles above these five. Spacings between raised triangles matches denticle spacings.
1. The 1921-P VAM-40A is most remarkable for denticle clashes that appear on the lower reverse. The triangular marks can be seen below the tailfeathers that are spaced with exactly the same distance as denticle marks. How did this clash occur? We're not really sure, but it is apparent that denticles came into contact with the die and left behind an impression of their impact. You have to look hard to decide that the marks are struck by a clashed die rather than simply marks left by another coin impacting the surface. An experienced eye can tell the difference. Since the denticles clashed into the die, coins struck with the die after this clash have the denticle marks raised above the surface.
2. Dr. Mark Kimpton Selected the 1921-P VAM-40A as one of the "Super CD" list of the top clashed die varieties.
LVA Plate Photos:
The VAM-40A was the second denticle clash reported for Morgan Dies. The first discovery was the 1878-S VAM-17A which was reported in December 2001. The VAM-40A didn't follow until March 2004 when variety specialist Bill Fivaz reported his discovery. Quantities of these coins are not readily available. Part of the reason they are seldom identified is the fact that the denticle clash looks a lot like the typical damage that occurs in normal transport and handling.
The coin also has quadrupled stars and lots of rework on the die. As pictured below, the die has been extensively polished on the obverse. Finally, the reverse contains the "scribble scratches" that have become a popular research topic recently.
Extensive die polish in the nose, mouth and upper lip area.
Notice the die polish in all the recessed areas.
More polishing and rework are evidenced by the line across the M and the fine lines emerging from the denticles.
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-40A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©'[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY 'Mike Faraone at PCGS