Discovered by Steve Weber, April 1998.

This coin is a Hit List 40 and a WOW! Morgan VAM.

7A III21 · C3c (O Set High, Die Gouge) (181) I-4 R–7
Obverse III21– Die gouges showing as heavy slanted lines below neck point near denticles.

Comments:
1- Impressive gouge with few known examples.
2- The VAM-7A is one of only two 1888-O VAMs with an R-7 rarity rating, probably more like a an R-6
3- the other R-7 being the recently discovered VAM-1G.

LVA Plate Photos:
1888-O_VAM-7A_Die_Gouges_Star.jpg1888-O_VAM-7A_Die_Gouges_Star1.jpg

Additional photos:
A little more detail than shown in plates:
NLM-1888O-V7A-01232017-Gouges-01.JPG

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Large Full Coin Photo Copyrighted© of VAM-7A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage AuctionsATTRIBUTED BY Mitch Hill

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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-7A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Mike Faraone at PCGS
1888-O_RonH_VAM-7A_OBV_10222013.jpg
1888-O_RonH_VAM-7A_REV_10222013.jpg
From Heritage's auction archives another here



Price History:

Raw VG, ebay, Mar 2011 $33
NCS AU details, eBay, Jan 2010, $1,000
Raw G Cleaned, eBay, Sep 2009, $499.00
Raw F/VF, VAMfinder (PP), May 2009, $150
Raw VF, eBay, May 2008, $177.50
PCGS G06 VAM 7A $134.00 EBAY 11/2010
PCGS AU50 $1900.00 EBAY 12/2012

Condition Census:

12/2010
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
1888-O VAM-7A
MS
13
0
1
0
2
2
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
1888-O VAM-7A
MS
11
0
2
2
0
2
3
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
1888-O VAM-7A
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0









0
0
0
0
0
0
RAW
1888-O VAM-7A
MS

1
2
1
0
2
0
1








0
0
0
0
0
0
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