1921-S VAM-1B7 Thorn Head Die Gouge, Die State 11
Discovered by Michael S. Fey, April 2004, Revised 2011
This coin is a Hit List 40 Morgan Vam.
1B7 (revised) IV 1 · D2a (Thorn Head Die Gouge, Die State 11) (189) I-5 R-7
Obverse IV 1– Eleventh die gouge state same as die state 10 except new long die gouge added thru Y in LIBERTY.
Reverse D2a– Same die gouge between E & D and spike below eagle’s left wing edge as in die states 8, 9, & 10. (1B5, 1B6a & 1B6b)
1. New die gouge through the Y in LIBERTY.
2. 1921-S VAM-1B6b or Back to the main 1921-S Thornhead page
3. Extremely hard to find variety in any grade, this is the key to the thornhead series along with the VAM 1B3/1B3a.
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Only the discovery piece and an XF+ cleaned example are known to exist as of March, 2010.
UPDATE: A third example was found in March 2011 - ANACS AU50 Details.
UPDATE 2: A fourth example was found by David Anderson, Of Puyallup, WA. Graded XF-45 PCGS. 01/2012
ANACS AU50 Details
PCGS AU50 Genuine (now in PCGS 50 holder)
NGC AU Details Improperly Cleaned
PCGS XF45 (3)
PCGS vf 35 unattributed
PCGS AU 55
PCGS AU 55 attributed 2-4-16 picked off e-bay in ngc net grade holder Larry Eakins
PCGS AU 58 AQ Raw