1921-S VAM-15D Doubled STATES OF, Polished Reverse, Clashed Obverse n & s
Discovered 2005 as the 1921-S VAM-15A, revised March 2009 to 1921-S VAM-15D.
15D IV 1 · D2a (Doubled STATES OF, Polished Reverse, Clashed Obverse n & s) (189) I- 2 R-6
Obverse IV 1– Die 2. Clashed die with partial incuse n of In from reverse showing next to Liberty head neck and faint partial incuse s of Trust from reverse showing in right hair vee of lower hair edge. Later die state has clashed n polished away.
Reverse D2a– Tiny die chip in lower loop of second S in STATES. Fine polishing lines in fields in attempt to remove clash marks.
1- This is a Bean Bottom S variety. Make sure to check all of the die stages of the 1921-S VAM-15 to be sure you have a correct attribution:1921-S VAM-15A, 1921-S VAM-15B, 1921-S VAM-15C, 1921-S VAM-15D, 1921-S VAM-15E.
LVA Plate Photos
Partial clashed n near Liberty's neck. Fine polishing lines were initially though to be the result of polishing the die to remove clash marks, but it now seems that the clashing you see on this variety actually occurred after the polishing.
Partial clashed s from Trust in hair vee.
Photos of the below are of the orginal 1921-S VAM-15A Discovery Coin (ANACS 63), which was changed to 15D in March 2009. The VAM-15D is a late die state (LDS) of the 1921-S VAM-15C. The 15D has the same tell-tale vertical die scratch/gouge through the eagle's body:
Of course it also has the signature Bean Bottom S shared by all of the 21-S VAM-15 series:
However, this VAM has new clashing with clash marks that appear on top of the fantastic die polishing on the reverse of the 15C: