1922-P VAM-2A Ear Ring Die Break
Discovered by Allen Ziegler, March 1966.
This coin is a Top 50 Peace Dollar VAM.
2A II1 - B2a (Ear Ringed) I-3 R-4
Obverse II 1 - Die crack from ear down to neck.
Reverse B2a - Normal die
1. According to the Official Guide to the Top 50 Peace Dollar Varieties by Jeff Oxman and Dr. David Close, the VAM-2A is one of the "crown jewels" of the Top 50 set.
2. The VAM-2A gets its name by a major die break located near Liberty's ear that "dangles" down to her neck above the second "2" in the date. Early die states show a string of four connected lumps of metal visible on the surface of the coin. Later die states show a progression in the size of the break, and as shown in the photo below, an increase in size to where the metal of the break joined together to make the largest die break in the Top 50 Peace Dollar series.
LVA Coin Photo:
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-2A Image of Leroy Van Allen's Coin on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]
Ear Ring Die Break in late die state:
(The coin in the photo below is graded MS-64 by PCGS and is currently the "Finest Known") Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-2A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]
PCGS Population (7/04/06)