1921-S VAM-1Y

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1921-S VAM-1Y Die wear lines above STATES #2

Discovered by Manuel Reyes in May 2006
1Y IV 1 · D2a (Die Wear Lines Above STATES #2) (189) I-2 R-6
Obverse IV 1– Very slightly doubled right stars and RIBUS UNUM towards rim.
Reverse D2a– Raised lines from denticle edges into field above ATES O due to die wear. Single line from each denticle instead of two of VAM-1L.
LVA Comments:
1- This die wear is unique and has not shown up on coins from other mints. Leroy Van Allen postulates that this unique wear could be due to San Fransisco Mint not striking up the center of coins for 21S causing more wear at the peripheral. Another of his theories asks if this could possibly be from a slightly tilted die on one of their presses.
1- This variety has single lines emerging from the denticles toward the field. Unlike VAM-1L which has two lines from each denticle this different die has a single line.

LVA Plate Photos

1921 S VAM 1Y Die Wear Lines.jpg

Additional Photos

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The wear lines may easily be over looked unless the coin is held at an angle to the light source.
Die crack from rim extends up through wreath to wing on later die state.
Overpolished right wing area.
Overpolished left wing area.

Full Coin Photos

Full coin copyrighted© VAM-1Y images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of John Austin click to enlarge.