1921-S VAM-1B3

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1921-S VAM-1B3 Thorn Head Die Gouge, Die State 3

Discovered by Martin Field, October 1978
This coin is a Hit List 40 Morgan Vam.
1B3 (revised) IV 1 D2a (Thorn Head Die Gouge, Die State 3) (189) I-5 R-6
Obverse IV 1 - Third die gouge state with polished die. Die gouges in cap, in field behind cap fold and in denticles above N remain. A long diagonal thorn-like die gouge is added in field to right of right wheat leaf above Phrygian cap. Polishing lines in top right field.

1. Die gouge emerges from the top of the Phrygian cap. This is the original "thorn head" pictured as VAM-1B in the so-called VAM book, Comprehensive Catalog and Encyclopedia of Morgan and Peace Dollars, 4th ed. 1998 by Leroy C. Van Allen and A. George Mallis. This was the only VAM-1B variety known until 2002! A total of 9 die states are known today.
2. 1921-S VAM-1B3A, 1921-S VAM-1B2 or Back to the main 1921-S Thornhead page


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All the VAM-1B coins share the same characteristic die gouge between the leaf and the cap. It is visible with the naked eye and is useful when checking a lot of coins while cherry-picking.

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