1921-S Dots

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1921-S Dot coins

The origin and of the dots found on 1921 coins is still a mystery. They are present on coins from all three mints but are most prolific on 1921-P coins (see 1921-P Dots and 1921-D Dots). Opinions on the likely origin of the dots range from hardness tests on the die, to markers identifying a specific die. One theory challenged by several experts holds that they are the result of inferior die steel, with bubbles trapped in the steel, not made on purpose.
(research is underway to identify and catalog dot coins. Please add your notes and discoveries to VAMworld!)
Camera.jpg1921-S VAM-1F Dot between O_F in OF
Camera.jpg1921-S VAM-1N1 Goatee Chin Die Gouge, Clashed Obverse Double I
Camera.jpg1921-S VAM-1N2 Clashed Obverse Double I, Polished Obverse
Camera.jpg1921-S VAM-1AA2 Scribbling Die Scratches #19, Clashed Obverse n
Camera.jpg1921-S VAM-1BJ2 Scribbling Die Scratches, Die File Lines Obverse dot Between D O
Camera.jpg1921-S VAM-1BJ3 Scribbling # *NEW 2017*
Camera.jpg1921-S VAM-4 Dot Under Right Wing
White camera Black Border04112011.jpg1921-S VAM-4A Dot Below Right Wing, Scribbling Die Scratches, Die Break D *NEW 2013*
Dot above S in TRUST: VNA