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VAM of the Week: 1891-O VAM-20 Near Shifted Date, High O, Clashed Reverse M
This week's VOTW is often over shallowed by the more famous 1891 O VAM 1A1-1A4 and VAM 3A1-3A2. Discovered in 2009 this week’s VOTW
features a Near Shifted Date, High O, Clashed Reverse M.The clashed M is located below the D in “In God We Trust” on the reverse. How many other
VAM’s out there have a clashed M below the D in “God”? With an interest rating of I-5 and a rarity rating of R-7 and only 7 in the SSDC registry
this one hard VAM to locate. Why this VAM is not on any list is a very good question.
20 III2 12 - C3g (Near Shifted Date, High O, Clashed Reverse M) (181) I-5 R-7
Obverse III2 12 - Remnants of underlying date shifted up. Short spike at left of middle vertical shaft. Two wedges at lower part of top inside of upper loop
of 8, line and spike at lower inside of bottom loop and spike between loops on right outside. 9 doubled with arcs at top left and right outside of upper loop,
tip above left side of lower loop and thin arc inside lower loop. 1 doubled as line above 1 top and short line above top left of base. Date set further left than
normal. Die not clashed.
Reverse C3g - Doubled wreath bow at top and left inside and right outside. Feathers between legs and lower arrow shaft slightly doubled at bottom. III O
mint mark set high and upright.
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Past VAM of the Week varieties.
VAM of the Week By Date
Top 100 Morgan VAM List
Hot 50 Morgan VAM List
Hit List 40 VAMs
Top 50 Peace Dollar List
Elite 30 Peace List
Kimpton 12 List
Elite Clashed Morgan Dollars
John Roberts' Annual Lists
The WOW! VAMs
Bearded Eagle Clash
Broken Branch Mint Set
Clashed E Varieties
Die Study Roll Call
Denticle Impressions Varieties
Listed Privately Made Varieties
Misplaced Digit or MPD Varieties
Morgan Dollar Rotated Dies
Scribbling Scratches Varieties
Thread-Like Impression Varieties
VAM Not Assigned Varieties
Attributing 1878-P VAMs
Attributing 1878-S Long Nock VAMs
Attributing 1879-S Reverse of 78
1882-O O/S Attribution Guide - differentiate VAMs 3,4 and 5 EDS and LDS.
1889-P Doubled Ear Attribution Guide
1899 Micro O Guide
Attributing 1921-D VAMs
1922-P Clashed Die Attribution
1922-S Clashed Die Attribution
1888-O Oval O Attribution Guide (PDF)
1921 Wide Reeding Varieties Attribution Guide (PDF)
Leroy Van Allen Yearly Supplements
A. George Mallis Library
Other VAM Resources
Society of Silver Dollar Collectors
Top 100 Insights & Value Guide
A Brief History of the Morgan Dollar
Anatomy of the Morgan Dollar
Peace Dollar VAM facts
PCGS VAM Numbers for submissions