1887 VAM-1A "Donkey Tail" die break

Discovered by A. George Mallis, July 1964.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.

NOTE - May 2010 - VAM-1A retains historical designation, but was found to be the late die state of VAM-25 and was assigned 1887-P VAM-25A.
The discussion thread of this revision is here.

1A III2 1 C3a (D with Tail) I-2 R-6
Reverse C3a - Die break on D in DOLLAR to form tail.

COMMENTS: Later die state of VAM-25 where an exciting die break forms as a small lump of metal on the bottom of the D of DOLLAR. Part of the Top 100 set, and recently featured in VamView Issue #2, the Donkey Tail is a coin even non-vam collectors want to own. It is possible to cherry pick these coins and they are often found in VF-XF condition. AU coins are very tough to find. Mint state Donkey Tails are truly ultra rare!

LVA Plate Photo:



Additional Photos:

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The variety may also prove to be a weak overdate. A small raised curved area may be seen
to the right of the base of the digit 7 on all well preserved examples

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BOP_1887-P_VAM-1A_Donkey_Tail_2.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© Historical VAM-1A ------- Redesignated VAM-25A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions©
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Price History:

1887-P VAM-1A PCGS MS62, Private Sale, $20,000 Reported. 2008
1887-P VAM-1A PCGS XF40 eBay $494.01 01/2007
1887-P VAM-1A ANACS AU50 eBay $565.55 03/2008
1887-P Vam-1A PCGS AU50 eBay $850.00 08/2008
1887-P VAM-1A PCGS XF40 eBay $380.00 12/2008


Condition Census:

As of 11/2010, for PCGS there are 2 MS-61 and 2 MS-62 Donkey Tails.

PCGS Pop report 11/06/10
VG
F
VF
40
45
50
53
55
58
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
Total
0
1
15
12
19
8
11
10
5
1
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
86



Grade
ANACS
NGC
PCGS
Total
MS 65
0
0
0
0
MS 64
0
0
0
0
MS 63
0
0
0
0
MS 62
2
1
2
5
MS 61
1
2
2
5
MS 60
2
1
1
4
AU58
1
4
5
10
AU55
17
6
10
33
AU53
8
6
11
25
AU50
19
4
8
31
EF40-45
35
7
27
69
All
108
37
66
211