VAM Quiz Medium 3 answers

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VAM Quiz – Medium #3 Answer Sheet

Answers are in bold and underline.

1. What is the explanation for this "mess" on the reverse of this Morgan Dollar? (Bonus point if you can guess the VAM)

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A) Someone has whizzed this coin.
B) The die has become worn from extensive use.
C) A mint engraver polished the die, resulting in these lines. These are "die polishing lines" and are raised on the surface of the coin. Whizzing would cause the lines to be cut into the surface of the coin. This is the 1921-P VAM-41, a Top 100 VAM.
D) This coin is a "strike thru vermicelli" error.
E) None of the above

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

A) 0
B) 1 (trick question. The word "ONE" appears on the reverse of a Morgan dollar.)
C) 2
D) 3
E) 4

3. Why is this coin only DMPL obverse and not full DMPL?

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A) The reverse does not have reflective surfaces.
B) A new, polished obverse die was added to a well-used reverse die to create a coin with only 1-sided reflectivity.
C) Eight tailfeather VAMs are never full DMPL. The eight tailfeather reverse never retained any reflectivity.
D) A and B only
E) A, B, and C

4. Identify the following Top 50 Peace VAM:

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A) 1921-D VAM-2A (no 21-D Peace dollars)
B) 1922-P VAM-2A Ear ring variety
C) 1923-D VAM-2A
D) 1934-S VAM-45E (VAM does not exist)
E) None of the above

5. What is causing this effect in the field to the right of Liberty's cap?

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A) Die clashing (you can see the outline of the wreath, which was clashed from the reverse)
B) Die cracking
C) Die gouges
D) Surface damage from bag marks, mishandling, etc.
E) None of the above

6. Which of the following statements about this VAM is true?

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A) You cannot determine the date of this VAM from this photo alone. (sure you can, it's the 1903-S VAM-2 micro "s")
B) Values for this variety are listed in the PCGS price guide.
C) Some grading services no longer slab this VAM because there is strong evidence it may be counterfeit. (this refers to the 1896, 1899, 1901, and 1902 micro "o" varieties)
D) About a dozen mint state examples of this VAM have been verified as of September 2007. (No way. Either unknown or virtually unknown in mint state)
E) All of the above statements are false.

7. Identify the following VAM:

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A) 1878-P VAM-3
B) 1900-O VAM-29A
C) 1921-P VAM-3F
D) 1921-D VAM-1T
E) none of the above (another trick question. This isn't even a silver dollar. It's an 1854-O seated half. The stars and denticles do not match those on any Morgan or Peace dollar.)

9. How many Top 100 VAMs come from the year 1893?

A) 0
B) 1 (1893-P VAM-4 doubled stars)
C) 2
D) 3
E) 4

10. What is that blob of metal in the denticles under the date called? (Bonus point if you can guess the VAM)

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A) filed rim
B) rim cud (this is an 1889-O VAM-6 doubled date, a Top 100 VAM variety)
C) rim gouge
D) denticle clash
E) none of the above