1887-P VAM-25A Doubled Right Stars, Hair, D With Tail

Discovered by A. George Mallis, July 1964. May 2010, Revision from 1A to 25A by Scott Hamilton. Formerly VAM-1A (VAM-1A retains historical designation)

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.

25A III2 24 - C3a (Doubled Right Stars, Hair, D with tail) (189) I-3 R-6
Reverse C3a- Die break at lower right outside on D of DOLLAR to form a tail. (Formerly VAM-1A, but still used.)

Comments:
1- 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! Revision discussion thread is here.

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LVA Plate Photos:
1887-P_VAM-1A_DTAIL_PLATE_PHOTO_27_SEP_2010.jpg 1887-P_VAM-1A_MOUNDS_PLATE_PHOTO_27_SEP_2010.jpg

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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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-25A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage AuctionsThe-Scott-Hamilton.jpg
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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-25A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Juan Arrioja
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From Heritage's auction archives another here here here A Page of 50 Here


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

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