1888-P VAM-7 Doubled Reverse, Die Chips

Discovered by Oscar Simpson, April 1977.

This coin is a Hot 50 Morgan VAM.

7(revised) III2 5 · C3d (Near Slanted Date, Doubled Wreath, Die Gouge State 1) ( ? ) I-3 R-5
Obverse III2 5– Date set further left than normal and slanted with 1 closer to rim than last 8.
Reverse C3d– Slightly doubled middle leaves in wreath above NI in UNITED, O in ONE and LAR in DOLLAR. First die gouge state with line below seventh tail feather, short line below bottom of eagle’s left wing and a series of lines from top inside edge of eagle’s left wing up through u s in trust.

Comments: The VAM-7 shows distinctive reverse doubling, as with each of the 1888 DDR Morgans. However, the VAM-7's unique feature is the sea of die chips lapping up against the reverse devices. It is unparalleled in the Morgan series and dazzling to the eye, especially when you gaze upon a nice uncirculated specimen.
The different stages of the die life have now been categorized as VAMs 7, 7A, 7B, 7C, and 7D. If you only seek one of the 1888 DDRs to fill your Hot 50 hole, the VAM-7 is a real head-turner.

LVA Plate Photos:
1888-P_VAM_7_Gouge_Left_Wing_die_state_1.jpg 1888-P_VAM_7_Gouge_Below_7th_TF_die_state_1.jpg
1888-P_VAM_7_Gouges_Above_Wing_die_state_1.jpg 1888-P_VAM_7_Dbld_Wreath_Leaves.jpg

Additional photos:

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-7 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS_LOGO3.jpg
1888_RonH_VAM-7_OBV_Die#1_04292011.jpg
1888_RonH_VAM-7_REV_Die#1_04292011.jpg
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-7 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Mike Faraone at PCGS
1888_RonH_VAM-7_REV_10222013.jpg
1888_RonH_VAM-7_OBV_10222013.jpg

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Price History:

1888-P VAM-7 PCGS MS64 $99.00 eBay 03/20/11


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-7
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0









1
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-7
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0








1
1
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-7 DDR HOT 50
MS
47
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
3
8
2
6
17
6
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-7A HOT 50
MS
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
4
2
0
2
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-7B HOT 50
MS
75
0
0
0
0
0
9
7
5
19
12
4
7
7
5
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-7C HOT 50
MS
40
0
0
0
0
0
1
4
1
6
8
1
2
15
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-7D HOT 50
MS
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
1
3
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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