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

    http://www.vamworld.com/1881-S+VAMs
     
  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.

    Jim
     
  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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