1921-S VAM-1B5

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1921-S VAM-1B5 Thorn Head Die Gouge, Die State 8

Discovered by Michael S. Fey, March 2002, Revised March 2011
This coin is a Hit List 40 Morgan Vam.
1B5 (revised) IV 1 D2a (Thorn Head Die Gouge, Die State 8) (189) I-5 R-6
Obverse IV 1- Eight die gouge state with polished die removing die gouge in field behind cap fold and weakening die gouges between IB and NU. Die gouges in cap, in denticles above N and lines in wheat leaf remain. Added a long die gouge above B, and a wide thorn-like die gouge in field at back of cap between NU. Clashed die but no clashed letters visible.
Reverse D2a - Added thin die gouge between E and D below wreath bow and short vertical spike below eagle's left wing edge and tiny die scratch at top edge of top arrow head.

Comments:
1. New die gouge out the back of the cap, located higher than the 1921-S VAM-1B1 gouge. New gouge over BU of PLURIBUS. Gouges near the 4th left star. Other gouges remain from 1921-S VAM-1B4a.
2. 1921-S VAM-1B6a, 1921-S VAM-1B4a 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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2 Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1B5 images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of and ATTRIBUTED BY 'Lance Newman OCC'

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1B5 images below uploaded by oldcollectorcoins - images courtesy of nickcapuano/pcgs true view

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