1888-O VAM-15 O/O and Double Die Reverse

Discovered by Steve Sabella, November 1980.

This coin is a Hot 50 Morgan VAM.

15 III2 1 C3g (O/O Low, Doubled Legend) (181) I-3 R-4
Reverse C3g - III O mint mark doubled well below the bottom outside. Doubled right wreath and eagle's left wing edge towards rim. F-AMERICA-AR, right star and TRUST strongly doubled towards rim.

Comments:
1 - The 1888-O VAM-15 has a strongly re-punched mint mark with the remains of an underlying O appearing below and slightly right of the strong mint mark. This VAM appears to be quite rare and tough to find in high grades.
2 - Beware of VAM 12. It is an "evil mimic" of the VAM 15 and has a doubled reverse, but not as strong. It also has a repunched O, but not exactly the same.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
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Additionally the reverse is doubled as shown here in the second A of AMERICA.
1888o_vam15_a.jpg
Below is a photo of the obverse to use as a date position reference.
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Additional attribution photos - Doubled Mint Mark on near MInt State specimen:
1888-O_VAM-15_mintmark.jpg

Composite photo of doubling of wreath and AMERICA:
1888-O_VAM-15_AMERICA_composite_small.jpg
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1888-o-v15-occ-large-850x850-5-4-13aaa.jpg

2 copyrighted© images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of oldcollectorcoins
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-15 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS_LOGO3.jpg

1880-O_RonH_VAM-15_REV_07282013.jpg
1880-O_RonH_VAM-15_OBV_07282013.jpg




Price History:

1888-O VAM 15 PCGS VF 30 $330.01 eBay 03/21/2010


Condition Census:


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-
MS
27
0
0
1
0
7
4
3
4
4
2

1
1


0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-15
MS
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0









0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS as of 6/21/13
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