1921-S VAM-1B Pre-Thornhead
1921-S VAM-1B Thorn Head Die Gouge, Scribbling Die Scratches #17
1B (revised) IV 1 - D2a (Thorn Head Die Gouge, Scribbling Die Scratches #17) (189) I-3 R-6
Obverse IV 1-Slightly tripled right and some left stars. Die Marker- Curved polishing line inside ear. Same die as VAM 15E, later die state.
Reverse D2a- Initial stage without die gouges. Various die state of die gouges listed as sub-varieties. Fine die scratches in various directions on over polished tail feathers around eagle's right leg, between eagle's left wing and body and in middle of eagle's left wing. Die Marker- Single diagonal vee shaped polishing line on left side of lower outside feather in eagle's left wing.
1. This page has been constructed to share images of a die stage that precedes the commonly recognized 1921-S VAM-1B "Thornhead" varieties.
Many of the features of the one coin shown here can be seen as late as stage 1921-S VAM-1B6.
2. At this time, this early stage is in the SSDC Registry as VAM-1B0 (one-bee-zero) and is in the Thornhead stage set as well as the 1921-S date set. It is not a Hit List or WOW! VAMs coin, nor in those sets, as it lacks the thornhead gouges required for that consideration.
3. A most interesting note...the obverse of this coin was first used on the 1921-S VAM-15E.
LVA Plate Photos:
Obverse polishing lines below jaw:
Some distinctive die scratches in the neck just above the designer initial "M":
If you can navigate to this area of the hair, the die scratches will jump out at you, even at stage 1B6:
Some very disctinctive lines in the TY area, also distinguishable at 1B6:
Obverse lip clashing:
A few lines around the date, but nothing major:
No thorn yet:
ReverseScribbles (note: most of the scribbles have faded by the time the reverse die reaches 1B6 stage):
Note lines around the "n" of "In":
Tiny die scractch points to the southwest from the base of the olive twig on the left:
Another miniscule pickup point...a very thin die scratch between the denticles and the "O" of "ONE":
In the eagle's lower left wing you can see a "V" shaped pair of die scratches. By the time the reverse die gets to 1B6, one of these two scratches has faded a bit: