VAM Quiz Medium 2

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VAM Quiz – Medium #2

The answer page is linked at the bottom of the quiz.

1. Why are some of the rarest Morgan VAMs, especially some of the rare 8tf VAMs, typically found in prooflike condition?

A) They are rare because of a short die life, thus they are "first strike" coins from new, polished dies.
B) Mid-die life die polishing created PL surfaces and new VAM features such as die scratches, some of which have proven to be rare.
C) A famous collector has hoarded 80-85% of prooflike Morgans, so we think some of the PL VAMs out there are rarer than they really are.
D) Many bags of PL Morgans were melted down, causing some of the remaining ones to be scarce.
E) None of the above

2. How many stars are on the reverse of a Morgan dollar?

A) 0
B) 1
C) 2
D) 3
E) 4

3. Identify the following VAM:

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A) 1890-CC VAM-4 tailbar
B) 1891-S VAM-8A
C) 1878-S VAM-19a
D) 1888-S VAM-13
E) None of the above

4. Which of the following animals is not part of a nickname for a Morgan VAM?

A) Donkey
B) Panda
C) Spider
D) Unicorn
E) All of the above have been used in nicknames

5. The Morgan Type "C" reverse is also known as

A) 8 tailfeathers
B) 7/8 tailfeathers
C) Reverse of '78
D) Reverse of '79
E) None of the above

6. On a Peace Dollar, why is TRUST spelled TRVST?

A) So that people who find a Peace dollar can call coin shops and claim to have a rare and valuable "misprinted" silver dollar.
B) V represents the Roman Number five, for the number of years that the US was engaged in World War I.
C) "V" is the ancient spelling of the letter "U".
D) Engravers found that the "U" shape tended to wear more quickly in circulation than the "V" shape.
E) None of the above

7. How many tail feathers does this 1878 Morgan have?

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A) eight
B) seven
C) seven over eight
D) cannot tell from this photo alone
E) none of the above

9. Which of the following grading services does not attribute/designate any VAMs?

E) None of the above (they all attribute VAMs)

10. You're surfing an online listing and see the following image. After inspecting the photo and consulting any reference materials you like, what information can you derive?

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A) date only
B) date and VAM number only
C) date, VAM number, and mint mark only
D) date, VAM number, mint mark, and rarity factor
E) none of the above
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