1890-O VAM-10 COMET

Discovered by John Dannreuther, February 1977. Revised 2008.

This coin is a Hot 50 and a WOW! Morgan VAM.

10(revised) III2 6 - C3a (Near Date with Bar, Die Gouge Reverse O) (181) I-3 R-4
Obverse III2 6 - Date set father left than normal. Wide striated die gouges down diagonally from 0 in date down to the right to rim. Second striated die gouge also extends diagonally from rim under first right star.
Reverse C3a - Vertical die gouge above O in ONE.

Comments:
1- The VAM-10 Comet gets its name from the comet tail-like die gouges on the obverse to the right of the date.
2- Some (and possibly all) specimens show the reverse die gouge which also appears on VAM-10A.
3- The VAM-10A is often attributed by TPG's as the VAM-10 - be sure you learn to distinguish the two or you could learn a costly lesson as the VAM-10A sells for considerably less than the VAM-10, with it's stronger die gouges.
4- The VAM-10A is the LDS of the VAM-10 and shows a polished comet and reverse die gouge.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
EYoungComet.jpg 1890OCOMETVAM10.jpg
1890vam10comet1.jpg 1890vam10comet2.jpg

Below picture by MitzDog...
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VAM-10A


Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-10 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS_LOGO3.jpg
1890-O_RonH_VAM-10_OBV_10292013aa.jpg
1890-O_RonH_VAM-10_REV_10292013aa.jpg
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-10 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Bowers & Merena Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS_LOGO3.jpg
1890-O_Bowers_VAM-10_OBV.JPEG
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From Heritage's auction archives another here


Price History:
1890-O VAM-10 Raw G/VG, VAMfinder, $30.50, Jun-2009
1890-O VAM-10 RAW BU, Sold $190.00 EBay, Oct.-2009 by MitzyDog
1890-O NGC MS63 VAM-10 $150

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

0
0
0
0
0
0









0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-10
MS
105
0
0
3
4
7
5
4
2
6
2
2
3
25
27
14
1
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-10A
MS
29
0
0
0
1
1
4
2
0
1
2
1
3
3
10
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0









0
0
0
0
0
0
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