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.

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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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