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.

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