Is This a VAM?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by yakpoo, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    I recently purchased a USB microscope and "The Comprehensive Catalogue and Encyclopedia of U.S. Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars" by Van Allen-Mallis. The first dollar I found to examine was an 1881-s Morgan dollar. This is what the first eight (8) in the date looks like. I didn't see anything in the book that looked like this. Could this be a re-punched date (RPD)?

    Note: The coin is in an Air-Tite and I couldn't get it open. The pictures could be better...

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  3. NorthKorea

    NorthKorea Dealer Member is a made up title...

    Might be a case of machine doubling, Yak. Morgans seem pretty notorious for that.
  4. mrweaseluv

    mrweaseluv Supporter! Supporter

    that is a spiked 8 and it is a vam (one of several anyway but it is a vam) could be VAM 1A but there are several VAMs with the spiked 8 on the 1881 s
  5. BUncirculated

    BUncirculated Well-Known Member

  6. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    Are you asking about the area under the "8", the upper inner area of the bottom loop, and a little in same areas in the top loop? Or something else? That seem to be difference in toning.
  7. mrweaseluv

    mrweaseluv Supporter! Supporter

    hehe u posted that as i was getting the link BU lol
  8. BUncirculated

    BUncirculated Well-Known Member

    You know what they say about great minds :thumb: lol
  9. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    Guess so, but it sure doesn't seem as strong as illustrated. Maybe the focus through the case.

  10. BUncirculated

    BUncirculated Well-Known Member

    I see what you're saying Jim, and you could be right. The only other spiked VAMS for the 81S is a VAM 1D which also has a die gouge in the O in DOLLAR, and the VAM 9, but that one has the spike in both 8s along with doubling, which I don't see on Yak's coin. There's also a VAM 38 that has the spiked 8 but the mint mark is a high S.

    That was why I thought VAM 1A.
  11. jatallman87

    jatallman87 I am Jay

    They say the same about not-so-great minds.:D
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