John Roberts' Annual Lists

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Begining in 2011, John started by doing a "list", of his '11 for 2011 most recommended investment varities, that he presented at the annual FUN show in Orlando, FL. John has created an ongoing tradition of selecting his "top picks" for investment varieties and sharing them with the VAM community.
"It really is an expression of my personal opinion of varieties worth investing in - coins I'd be likely to buy myself given the opportunity."
~ John Roberts ~

This page is an ongoing compilation of John's annual recommendations...

A Dozen VAMs for 2018
1. 1879-S VAM-29 busy with gouges, breaks, a DDO, and re-engraving
2. 1880 VAM-44 strong doubled eyelid - an under the radar variety on a date with lots of traffic
3. 1882 VAM-35 obvious obverse gouge that was long overlooked
4. 1883-CC VAM-8A seemingly common until you want one. Can be found in GSA
5. 1884-S VAM-8 nice MPD on a semi key date. LDS examples have visible chip on point of neck
6. 1889 VAM-7A rough and crumbled obverse. Unusual for crushed neck
7. 1898-S VAM-6 bold RPM May exist in Redfield holders
8. 1901 VAM-22 interesting reverse gouges on a semi key date
9. 1922 VAM-1F Top 50 unusual place for a die break
10. 1924 VAM-1A Top 50 great obverse gouge all examples have breaks thru TRVST
11. 1926-S VAM-5 , 1926-S VAM-5A Top 50 nice DDR, but wide obverse gouge is amazing and largely overlooked
12. 1927-S VAM-1B extensive re-engraving, bonus if found with Redfield pedigrree

A Dozen VAMs for 2017
1. 1878-P VAM-15
2. 1878-S VAM-49
3. 1879-P VAM-37
4. 1879-S VAM-1B2
5. 1881-O VAM-1D
6. 1881-S VAM-54B
7. 1883-P VAM-9
8. 1891-P VAM-2A
9. 1902-P VAM-12
10. 1921-P VAM-3O3
11. 1922-P VAM-5B
12. 1926-S VAM-1C

A Dozen VAMs for 2016
1. 1878-P VAM-32 7/8TF Top 100 its relative rarity has increased over the last several years
2. 1878-P VAM-189 7TF Hit List 40 might be the strongest re-engraved die in the Morgan series
3. 1880-CC VAM-7 Rev of 78 Hit List 40 harder to find without the clashing. Look for GSA examples
4. 1880-O VAM-11A counterclash on obverse, a jumble of clashing on well used reverse
5. 1888-O VAM-7A Hit List 40 the shooting star
6. 1889-P VAM-5A , 1889-P VAM-5B Hit List 40 pitted dies have a growing following
7. 1891-O VAM-19 WOW! List A strong example of odd die failure on the reverse, paired with a strong doubled obverse
8. 1895-S VAM-1A A nice die break on a semi-key date
9. 1901-S VAM-10 a nice DDO on a better date
10. 1902-O VAM-8 possibly the boldest later date Morgan RPM
11. 1921-P Peace VAM-1B bold dot like die gouge
12. 1924-P VAM-1AA Elite 30 The 'Broken Jaw' variety - still appears to be quite rare

John Roberts' annual recommended 'buy' list of VAMs for 2015
1878-P VAM-41A 7/4 Weak TF Variety the stage without the clash is much harder to find than generally appreciated.
1878-CC VAM-15 Spiked Lip just look at it - particularly in mint state.
1878-S VAM-36 group "Dragon Scales" Engraved Wing Feathers the dragon scales need some love
1880-P VAM-19B Tripled 8, Doubled 1-80,Pitted E-D, Spiked Hair Front rare variety with dramatic obv gouge
1888-O VAM-2 Oval O, Normal Date, Oval O set high and tilted slightly left Top 100 tougher component of Oval O set
1891-CC VAM-7 Spitting Eagle. Far Date Top 100 makes the spitting eagle worth having
1896-O VAM-19 Shifted Date Hit List 40 major shift on RPD
1899-S VAM-7 Doubled 1-99 Top 100 watch for the earlier stage with clear repunching
1902-O VAM-26A Doubled Profile & Reverse Lettering, Near Date, Clashed Obverse G ECDM seriously cool clashed die variety
1921-P VAM-3AM3 Scribbling Die Scratches #28, Die File Lines Forehead & Neck, Break Forehead yeah, she's got a headache
1921-P Peace VAM-1A Die Break Reverse Right Field Peace Elite 30 nice break in reverse field
1922-P VAM-12A Moustache, Doubled Lower Reverse Peace Top 50 the moustache is a classic

John Roberts' annual recommended 'buy' list of VAMs for 2014.
1. 1878-CC VAM-28
2. 1879-S VAM-50
3. 1880-P VAM-8
4. 1882-P VAM-24 - make sure it's the early stage with the bold MPD
5. 1885-CC VAM-4
6. 1888-P VAM-6
7. 1901-O VAM-34
8. 1902-P VAM-4
9. 1902-O VAM-54
10.1922-D VAM-2A
11.1922-S VAM-10
12.1924-P VAM-8A

John Roberts' annual recommended 'buy' list of VAMs for 2013.
1.1878-P VAM-9
2.1878-S VAM-41
3.1887-O VAM-22A, 1887-O VAM-22B
4.1888-S VAM-13
5.1890-CC VAM-4
6.1891-O VAM-14,1891-O VAM-14A
7.1895-S VAM-4
8.1900-O VAM-9
9.1901-P VAM-3
10.1903-O VAM-4A
11.1921-P VAM-3i
12.1923-P VAM-1D
13.1924-P VAM-5A

John Roberts' annual recommended 'buy' list of VAMs for 2012.
1.1878-P VAM-229
2.1878-CC VAM-24
3.1878-S VAM-18, 1878-S VAM-18A
4.1879-S VAM-65
5.1880-P VAM-1A2
6.1880-O VAM-43
7.1885-S VAM-6
8.1889-CC VAM-2A
9.1895-O VAM-3A
10.1921-P Peace VAM-3
11.1922-P VAM-2C2
12.1934-D VAM-4

John Roberts' annual recommended 'buy' list of VAMs for 2011.
1.1878-P VAM-44,1878-P VAM-44A
2.1878-CC VAM-13
3.1878-S VAM-58
4.1880-P VAM-23
5.1882-O VAM-3A
6.1888-O VAM-15
7.1891-O VAM-1A3
8.1894-S VAM-1A
9.1903-S VAM-2
10.1922-P VAM-2A
11.1923-D VAM-1H