1886-P VAM-1A Line in 6, Slightly Doubled Ear

Discovered by Guy Messing, May 1974. Revision by Mark Kimpton, January 2004. Revised 2015

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.

1A(revised) III2 1 · C3a (Line in 6, Slightly Doubled Ear) (189) I-2 R-4
Obverse III2 1– Thick horizontal line curving down at left end in lower inside of upper loop of 6. Ear very slightly doubled at right inside.
Die marker - Vertical polishing line at left end of Phyrtgian cap ribbon.

1- The 6 in the date has line above the circular portion of the 6. This is probably a die gouge, but could possibly be a re-punched digit. Be careful when attributing this VAM as some dies have polish in the same area where the line exists. I've seen coins in holders labeled VAM-1A that are most definitely not. Check the attribution yourself to be sure!
2- The former VAM 1A Die 2 is now VAM-1M


LVA Plate Photos:

Additional photos:
Die 1 has a more pronounced gouge as shown

A second remarkably similar obverse die was listed as Die 2 on March 30, 2008.
It is most easily told apart from Die 1 by the lump in the hair behind the ear.

Die 1 has small, nearly vertical scratch at left end of cap ribbon.

Die 1 lateral date position

Die 1 Comps

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1A Die 1 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler

Price History:
1886-P VAM-1A ANACS MS64 eBay $76.00 Jan-17-2007
1886-P VAM-1A ANACS MS64 eBay "store item" Buy It Now $129.99 August 2008
1886-P VAM-1A RAW MS64 eBay $102.50 Jan-14-2007
1886-P VAM-1A NGC MS63 eBay $41.20 Jan-30-2007
1886-P VAM-1A NGC MS66* Binion Pedigree eBay $382.77 June-28-2009
1886-P VAM-1A PCGS MS62 eBay $82.78 11/26/10
1886-P VAM-1A raw choice au eBay $46.00 07/19/12

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