Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Marshall, Aug 27, 2018.
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Marked up with Photoscape. I think any minute differences are my own creation.
Heritage VAM 1A
VAMWORLD 2.0 VAM 2
I do see this occasionally with copper so I suppose it can happen. Of course I also see photo labeling errors as well. It could be as simple as showing the obverse of one coin and the reverse of another.
Definitely the same Obverse Die.
The die cracks below the digits give it away, so one of two things happened.
The VAM 1A reverse die was used with both a normal obverse and the repunched 6 obverse and the die chip was never cataloged with the VAM 2 obverse.
The VAM 1A is cataloged incorrectly. If all coins with the VAM 2 obverse have this break by the wreath, then it makes sense just to mention the chip as part of the VAM 2 listing. If the reverse die chip developed while the die was paired with the VAM 2 obverse, then there should be a VAM 2 and 2A listing, with VAM 2A referring to the die break.
There is someone who has made it a hobby to go through high grade photos from Heritage and CoinFacts and try to straighten out the listings for the better date Morgans. I don't think he's done 96-S yet, though.
I'll check to see if my memory is playing tricks on me or not, but I think I did see the chip on each of the VAM 2s I looked at. But the VAM 1A is remarkably different obverse from VAM 2 by date/dentil corelation alone. The Reverse may be the same.
The VAMWORLD VAM 2 has the chip.
I've gone through a dozen of the Heritage Auction VAM 2s and they all have the die chip.
So using the copper die nomenclature,
Obverse 1 Reverse Aa VAM 1
Obverse 1 Reverse Ab VAM 1A
Obverse 2 Reverse Ab VAM 2
Pretty much. The die numbers are a little more complicated in that they include shorthand for the hub generation used. The problem is that we don't know if there's a VAM 1A at all. The repunched 6 may have been missed when it was first cataloged for whatever reason, possibly die wear. Also, "VAM 1" is used to indicate the plainest of plain Jane coins, except for 1878, and might not actually exist. Someone will need to find the VAM 1A discovery coin from 2009 to set things straight, which is not a trivial task, but also not an unreasonable one.
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