1882-O VAM-5 Doubled 82, Open 2, O/S Broken

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.

5 III2 5- C3d (Doubled 82, Open 2, O/S Broken) (181) I-4 R-3
Obverse III2 5- Second 8 doubled on left side of loop. 2 doubled faintly at top outside. Die chip between loops on left side of first 8. Polishing marks inside ear. Open 2.
Reverse C3d- O over S variety with the center shaft of the S broken within the O. Small dots of metal all over eagle and wreath. An earlier die state shows as a triangular dot at left side of loop opening and as a fine line in the middle.
This obverse die was used on VAM-5 and VAM-46.

Comments: In 1882 Three different New Orleans dies were prepared using dies originally created for San Francisco, making the famous 1882 O/S or O Over S varieties. There are three known 1882 O/S varieties: VAM-3, VAM-4, and VAM-5. The mint marks changed over the life of the striking, evolving so that more of the S crossbar showed. In all cases, the EDS versions are much more rare and desirable than the late die states. If you are unsure which VAM you have, check the attribution guide here.
Late die state of the VAM-5 O/S mint mark. Notice the solid crossbar only extends half way across the mint mark.

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Additional photos:

In the picture of the mint mark for VAM-5 notice the EDS coin has only a hint of metal inside the top left of the O and the lower left of the O.
Common to O/S variety coins are die pits on the eagle's body on the reverse caused by the use of rusted dies.
Die polish lines found inside Liberty's ear may also be an attribution aid especially if the coin is in an early die state when the underlying S is more difficult to see.

1882O-SVAM5ear.jpg 1882O_S_VAM5_PittedDies.jpg 1882OSVAM5PittedDies1.jpg

Here is another nice pic of VAM 5 EDS

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-5 Late Die Stage (LDS) Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS_LOGO3.jpg

Price History:

1882-O VAM-5 NGC MS64 $1186 eBay May 26, 2007
1882-O VAM-5 PCGS MS62 eBay Buy It Now $409.99 04/29/08
1882-O VAM-5 PCGS MS62 eBay "store item" Buy It Now $389.99 June 2008
1882-O VAM-5 PCGS AU50 eBay $83.00 06/15/08
1882-O VAM-5 EF $66.99 120242869236 04-22-08
1882-O VAM 5 PCGS MS60 $225.00 Private Sale March 2009
1882-O VAM-5 EDS PCGS AU53 $215.00 Private Sale 06/06/10

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