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Top 100 Morgan VAMs

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=Top 100 Morgan VAMs=
The Top 100 Morgan dollar varieties were published by Dr. Michael Fey and Jeff Oxman in 1996*. It was intended to re-focus collectors and dealers onto only the most significant VAMs known to overcome the problem of "micro-vamming" - aka the search for and collection of insignificant varieties. And what a success it has been. Many of these VAMs have entered the mainstream collecting of Morgan dollars; it has become unheard of to claim a complete Morgan dollar collection without including the 1882-O/S, Scarface, Hot Lips, and an 1900-O over CC example among several other varieties.<br />
 
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| '''Slot''' || '''Year''' || '''VAM''' || '''Description''' ||<br />
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| 1. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-5|VAM-5]] || 8TF DDO, particularly R-I-B in PLURIBUS.
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| 2. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-9|VAM-9]] || 8TF First Morgan Dollar. Comma Feather Reverse
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| || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-9A|VAM-9A]] || 8TF First Morgan Dollar. Clashed Obverse n & t
| 3. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-14.11|VAM-14.11]] || 8TF Wild Eye Spikes
| 4. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-15|VAM-15]] || 8TF Doubled Liberty, concave reverse
| 5. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-23|VAM-23]] || 8TF Doubled profile (nose, lips, & chin)
| 6. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-32|VAM-32]] || 7/3 TF Variety
| 7. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-41|VAM-41]]<br />
[[image:camera.jpg |link=vamworld/1878-P VAM-41B]][[1878-P VAM-41B|VAM-41B]] || 7/7 TF Variety<br />
7/7 TF Variety Gouge in Cap, clashed obverse n ||<br />
|| 8. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-44|VAM-44]]<br />
[[image:camera.jpg |link=vamworld/1878-P VAM-44A]][[1878-P VAM-44A|VAM-44A]] || 7/5 TF Variety. Tripled Obverse blossoms, doubled eagle's legs. "The King of VAMs"<br />
3 TF, Clashed Obverse n & st, Reverse M ||<br />
|| 9. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-45|VAM-45]] || 7/0 TF Variety. Eagle's legs are doubled to left ||<br />
|| 10. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-70|VAM-70]] || Doubled R-I-B variety. ||<br />
|| 11. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-100-1|VAM-100-1]] || Incuse M, Short Nock ||<br />
|| || || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-100-2|VAM-100-2]] || Incuse M, Short Nock ||<br />
|| 12. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-115|VAM-115]] || Tripled Leaves & Cotton Bolls ||<br />
|| || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-198|VAM-198]] || Tripled Leaves & Cotton Bolls, over-polished reverse ||<br />
|| || 1878-P || VAM-199.1 || Same as [[1878-P VAM-198|VAM-198]] ||<br />
|| 13. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-117|VAM-117]] || Tripled Star, closed O in God ||<br />
|| || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-141|VAM-141]] || Tripled Star, open O in God ||<br />
|| 14. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-171|VAM-171]] || Tripled R ||<br />
|| 15. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-203|VAM-203]] || Short Leaf ||<br />
|| || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-203A|VAM-203A]] || Short Leaf, Clashed Obv. n, W, st, Rev. M ||<br />
|| 16. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-220|VAM-220]] || Tripled R in PLURIBUS ||<br />
|| 17. || 1878-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-P VAM-223|VAM-223]] || Over-polished 'L' in LIBERTY ||<br />
|| 18. || 1878-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-S VAM-26|VAM-26]] || Long Nock, s tilted left ||<br />
|| || 1878-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-S VAM-27|VAM-27]] || Long Nock, broken N and D ||<br />
|| || 1878-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-S VAM-56|VAM-56]] || Long Nock, s mint mark set high ||<br />
|| || 1878-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-S VAM-57|VAM-57]] || Long Nock, s mint mark set left ||<br />
|| || 1878-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-S VAM-58|VAM-58]] || Long Nock, thick eye spike ||<br />
|| || 1878-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-S VAM-59|VAM-59]] || Long Nock, s mint mark slightly left ||<br />
|| || 1878-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-S VAM-60|VAM-60]] || Long Nock, s mint mark high and left ||<br />
|| || 1878-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-S VAM-62|VAM-62]] || Long Nock, s mint mark set far left ||<br />
|| || 1878-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-S VAM-72|VAM-72]] || Long Nock, die chips under eye ||<br />
|| 19. || 1878-CC || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-CC VAM-6|VAM-6]] || Doubled Leaves & ear, CC almost touches wreath ||<br />
|| || 1878-CC || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-CC VAM-18|VAM-18]] || Doubled Leaves & ear, CC normal ||<br />
|| 20. || 1878-CC || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-CC VAM-11|VAM-11]] || Lines in Eagle's Wing. ||<br />
|| 21. || 1878-CC || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1878-CC VAM-24|VAM-24]] / [[1878-CC VAM-24A|24A]] || Doubled Leaves. Ear not doubled. Nice die break on late die state. ||<br />
|| 22. || 1879-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-O VAM-4|VAM-4]] || Triple O/Horizontal O with doubled 9 obverse ||<br />
|| || 1879-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-O VAM-28|VAM-28]] || Triple O/Horizontal O with doubled 87 obverse ||<br />
|| 23. || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-4|VAM-4]] || Reverse of 1878, Die Rust Dots on wing next to leg ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-6|VAM-6]] || Reverse of 1878, TIUST, Engraved wing feather ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-9|VAM-9]] || Reverse of 1878, Doubled 9, Engraved wing feather from 1878-S ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-23|VAM-23]] || Reverse of 1878, Die Rust Dots on wing next to leg ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-25|VAM-25]] || Reverse of 1878, Doubled 7, Die Rust Dots on wing next to leg ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-34|VAM-34]] || Reverse of 1878, Engraved wing feather ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-34A|VAM-34A]] || Reverse of 1878, Engraved wing feather, polished-down reverse ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-34B|VAM-34B]] || Reverse of 1878, Engraved wing feather, polished initial ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-35|VAM-35]] || Reverse of 1878, Doubled 9, Engraved wing feather ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-39|VAM-39]] || Reverse of 1878, Engraved wing feather ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-42|VAM-42]] || Reverse of 1878, Doubled 79, engraved wing feather ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-43|VAM-43]] || Reverse of 1878, Doubled Date, engraved wing feather ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-46|VAM-46]] || Reverse of 1878, TIUST, Doubled 79, engraved wing feather ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-50|VAM-50]] || Reverse of 1878, Doubled 7 Top, engraved wing feather ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-51|VAM-51]] || Reverse of 1878, Tripled Stars, Doubled 9 & motto, engraved wing feather ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-52|VAM-52]] || Reverse of 1878, Doubled 7, Engraved wing feather ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-56|VAM-56]] || Reverse of 1878, Tripled Stars, Die rust spots on wing Next to Leg ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg |link=vamworld/1879-S VAM-66]][[1879-S VAM-66|VAM-66]] || Reverse of 1878, Doubled 187, Die rust on wing next to leg ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-67|VAM-67]] || Reverse of 1878, Doubled 18-9 & tripled/quadrupled stars ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-77|VAM-77]] || Reverse of 1878, Engraved wing feather from 1878-S, 9 upper tail feathers ||<br />
|| || 1879-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-S VAM-77A|VAM-77A]] || Reverse of 1878, Engraved wing feather from 1878-S, 8 Upper tail feathers ||<br />
|| 24. || 1879-CC || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1879-CC VAM-3|VAM-3]] || Capped Die Large over small CC ||<br />
|| 26. || 1880-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-P VAM-1A|VAM-1A]]<br />
[[image:camera.jpg |link=vamworld/1880-P VAM-1A1]][[1880-P VAM-1A1|VAM-1A1]]<br />
[[image:camera.jpg |link=vamworld/1880-P VAM-1A2]][[1880-P VAM-1A2|VAM-1A2]] || Die Break Knobbed 8<br />
Die Break Wreath Bow<br />
Broken Knob 8, Die Break Wreath Bow ||<br />
|| 26. || 1880-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-P VAM-6|VAM-6]] || 8/7 spikes above, and a crossbar inside, 2nd 8 ||<br />
|| 27. || 1880-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-P VAM-7|VAM-7]] || 8/7 crossbar at the top inside of the second 8 ||<br />
|| 28. || 1880-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-P VAM-8|VAM-8]] || 8/7 Ears top left & right 2nd 8 ||<br />
|| 29. || 1880-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-P VAM-9|VAM-9]] || 8/7 Stem. Faint diagonal marks in both loops of the 2nd 8 ||<br />
|| 30. || 1880-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-P VAM-23|VAM-23]] || 80/79. Remains of 7 on the surface of the 0 ||<br />
|| 31. || 1880-CC || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-CC VAM-4|VAM-4]] || 80/79. overdate markings in 8 & 0 ||<br />
|| 32. || 1880-CC || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-CC VAM-5|VAM-5]] || 8/7 High 7 in 2nd 8 ||<br />
|| || 1880-CC || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-CC VAM-6|VAM-6]] || 8/7 Low 7 in 2nd 8 ||<br />
|| 33. || 1880-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-O VAM-48|VAM-1A]] || Hangnail reverse. Reclassified [[1880-O VAM-48|VAM-48]] ||<br />
|| 34. || 1880-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-O VAM-4|VAM-4]] || Crossbar with Micro O ||<br />
|| || 1880-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-O VAM-5|VAM-5]] || Crossbar with Medium O ||<br />
|| 35. || 1880-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-O VAM-6|VAM-6]] || 8/7 Ear top outside left of 8 ||<br />
|| || 1880-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-O VAM-6A|VAM-6A]] || 8/7 Ear top outside left of 8, die gouge left wreath ||<br />
|| || 1880-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-O VAM-6C|VAM-6C]]<br />
[[image:camera.jpg |link=vamworld/1880-O VAM-6D]][[1880-O VAM-6D|VAM-6D]] || 8/7 Ear top outside left of 8, die gouge left wreath<br />
8/7 Spike, Clashed Obverse st ||<br />
|| 36. || 1880-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-O VAM-49|VAM-6B]] || 8/7 Ear with Hangnail reverse. Reclassified [[1880-O VAM-49|VAM-49]] ||<br />
|| 37. || 1880-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-O VAM-43|VAM-43]] || Doubled Ear ||<br />
|| 38. || 1880-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-S VAM-8|VAM-8]] || 8/7 Diagonal, gunk top loop 2nd 8, Medium S ||<br />
|| || 1880-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-S VAM-9|VAM-9]] || 8/7 Diagonal, gunk top loop 2nd 8, Large S ||<br />
|| 39. || 1880-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1880-S VAM-10|VAM-10]] || 8/7 Crossbar. Markings in top of 2nd 8 ||<br />
|| 40. || 1882-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1882-O VAM-3|VAM-3]]<br />
[[image:camera.jpg |link=vamworld/1882-O VAM-3A]][[1882-O VAM-3A|VAM-3A]] || O/S Flush. Look for the rare early die state<br />
Doubled 82, Open 2, O/S "Flush", Clashed Obverse us ||<br />
|| 41. || 1882-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1882-O VAM-4|VAM-4]] || O/S Recessed. An Ultra-rare early die state is known. ||<br />
|| 42. || 1882-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1882-O VAM-5|VAM-5]] || O/S Broken. Look for the rare early die state. ||<br />
|| 43. || 1882-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1882-O VAM-7|VAM-7]] || O/O repunched mint mark ||<br />
|| 44. || 1883-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1883-P VAM-10|VAM-10]] || Sextupled Stars ||<br />
|| 45. || 1883-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1883-O VAM-4|VAM-4]] || Strong O/O ||<br />
|| 46. || 1884-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1884-P VAM-3|VAM-3]] || Large Dot near designer's initial: M ||<br />
|| || 1884-P || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1884-P VAM-4|VAM-4]] || Small Dot near designer's initial: M ||<br />
|| 47. || 1884-O || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1884-O VAM-6|VAM-6]] || O/O. Underlying remains at bottom left outside ||<br />
|| 48. || 1885-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1885-S VAM-6|VAM-6]] || S/S extra serif at bottom of S mint mark ||<br />
|| || 1885-S || [[image:camera.jpg]][[1885-S VAM-9|VAM-9]] || S/S, digit in denticles below date ||<br />
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