1885-CC VAM-4 Thick Dash Under 8

Discovered by CoinWorld, May 1975.
This coin is a Hot 50 Morgan VAM.

4 III2 3 - C3a (Thick Dash Under 8) I-2 R-4
Obverse III2 3 - Thick dash under and touching second 8 with die chips at bottom inside of lower loop.. Bottom of dash is faintly doubled. One of the largest dashes known.
Reverse C3a - Die chips within both mint marks C's.

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VAM-4 is the key variety of the date and the 1885-CC representation in the Hot-50 list. The dies clashed twice on a dashed 8 die. This was not a clash of VAM-2 so presumably an unclashed state of this pair may exist out there. In any event, the variety is easily identified by the thick doubled dash beneath the second 8 of the date.
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The double neck/wing clashes are easily seen on all examples. There is a faint n clash at the neck. There appears to be a faint M clash on the reverse of some examples. Not mentioned in the VAM book is the clash of the upper part of the second L of DOLLAR at the base of the S in PLURIBUS.
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Another overlooked general feature of the variety are the two long scratches around RIB. Looking at a single piece, they are probably dismissed as scratches on the coin. However, these are die scratches that are evident on all observed VAM-4 specimens.
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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-4 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Bowers & Merena Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS_LOGO3.jpg
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From Heritage's auction archives another here


Price History:

PCGS MS-65 Unattributed; Purchased from NGC Registry Set, 3/07; $1200.00
1885 CC NGC MS-65 VAM 4 $965.01 eBay 01/02/11
1885 CC GSA NGC MS-65 Attributed VAM 4 $1385.00 eBay 04/22/12
1885 CC GSA NGC MS-64 VAM 4 AOH $985.85 eBay 05/29/12
Heritage Auction Archive 2013
Heritage Auction Archive 2013

Condition Census:

8/2013
TPG
Variety
Designation
Total
1-3
4-6
8-10
12-15
20-35
40-45
50
53
55
58
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
PCGS
VAM-4
MS
90
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
7
24
33
16
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-4
MSPL
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-4
MS
33
0
0
0
2
0
3
0
0
0
0
2
1
2
6
10
5
2
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-4
MSPL
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-4
MS
22
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
7
4
6
2
1
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-4
MSPL
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
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