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1891-O VAM-1A

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Discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.<br />
This coin is a [[Top 100 Morgan VAMs|Top 100]] and a [[WOW! VAMs|WOW!]] Morgan VAM.<br />
'''1A III2 1 C3a (E on Reverse) (181) I-4 R-3'''<br />
'''Reverse C3a''' - Clashed die with full E under eagle's tail feathers on left side.<br />
'''Comments:'''<br />
'''1-''' # The die states of the 1A die pair have been catalogued as [[1891-O VAM-1A1|VAM 1A1]], [[1891-O VAM-1A2|1A2]], [[1891-O VAM-1A3|1A3]], and [[1891-O VAM-1A4|1A4]]. This VAM has a the strongest E clashed on the reverse of any Morgan dollar, with many other letters of LIBERTY being visible as well. In fact, the E on the reverse looks like it was actually part of the design it was so strong. This is a really cool variety well worth a substantial premium to own in AU. Mint state examples are exceptionally rare.<br />'''2-''' So the # The order in progression is<br />* 1st ## VAM-1a1 1A1 Clash<br />* 2nd ## VAM-1a4 1A4 Clash Polishing and gougeat A<br />* 3rd ## VAM-1a2 1A2 Depression to Bump<br />* 4th ## VAM-1a3 1A3 Terminal break on Bump with non displaced radial break from UNITED<br />* # Complete progression shown here: [[VAM-1A1 Through 1A4]]<br /># A letter from Acting Mint Director Robert Preston, dated September 22, 1891, was found in 2020 (NARA RG104 E-1 Box 172) that refers to this variety as seen on coins submitted to a special assay.
'''Threads:'''<br />
# [http://www.vamworld.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3468 Letter from Preston]= LVA Plate Photos ==
[[image:1891-O_Clashed_BERT.jpg |400px]][[image:1891-O VAM-1A Clashed D&O.jpg |400px]]<br />
[[image:1891-O_VAM-1A-Clashed_O.jpg |400px]][[image:1891-O_VAM-1A_Late_Die_Stage.jpg |400px]]<br />
== Additional Photos ==
[[image:1891o_vam1a_rev.jpg]]<br />
Additionally, the reverse is loaded with extra design elements transferred from the obverse die when the two dies clashed together without a planchet in the chamber.<br />
L in LIBERTY shows up on some of these.<br />
[[image:1891-O_LBERT_Rev.jpg |1035px ]]<br />
RSK posted this late die state example in an ANACS holder graded AU-53 Cleaned. Notice the cud at about 8 O'clock.<br />[[image:91-O_R.jpg]]<br />== Full Coin Photos ==Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1A Images© on loan to VAMworld [[http://www.teletrade.com/ courtesy]] Images © [[image:TeletTradeLogo14.jpg |63px ]]'''®''' , used with permission. ATTRIBUTED BY '''Attributed by ANACS''' [[image:ANACS_LOGO3.jpg]]<br />
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