1891-CC VAM-3 Spitting Eagle

Discovered by George Mallis, July 1964. Revised 2012.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM

3 (revised) III2 4 · C3c (Doubled Profile, CC/CC Top, Spitting Eagle) ( ? ) I-3 R-4
Obverse III2 4– Slightly doubled profile of Liberty head from nose down to jaw.
Reverse C3c - V CC mint mark tilted left. Left C strongly doubled at top outside and lower left inside. Right C slightly doubled at top outside. Later die states show only left C doubled and a die gouge shows below eagle’s beak as spitting eagle. Diagonal die gouges at outside of eagle's left leg and between bottom and middle arrow shafts. Fine pitting and isolated polishing lines below both eagle's wings.

Comments:
1- Since VAM numbers are assigned by die classification, and not just by die pairing, multiple die pairings may exist.
2- The 1891-CC VAM-3 coin has a small die gouge in front of the Eagle's Mouth giving this variety the nickname "spitting eagle"
3- Also comes with gouged neck and normal date

Threads:

LVA Plate Photos:
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Additional photos:
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This variety is actually the most common die for the 1891-CC. It is actually harder to locate a coin that is not a VAM-3. This common variety should not carry a price premium.
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-3 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts ANACSANACS_LOGO3.jpg
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Large Full Coin Added by Mhomei with gouged neck and spitting eagle
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1891_CC_V3_GOUGED-NECK-REV1.JPG



Auction Archives:
From Heritage's auction archives another here here

Price History:
1891-CC VAM-3 NGC MS64 eBay $1091.60 Jan-22-2007
1891-CC VAM-3 ANACS MS63 eBay $500 Mar-07-2010
1891-CC VAM-3 NGC MS63 eBay $556.03 Feb-3-2007 (Fitzgerald)
1891-CC VAM-3 NGC MS63 eBay $520.00 Oct-26-08

Condition Census: 8/2013
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-3
MS
271
0
0
0
0
1
3
4
4
6
15
0
11
64
85
60
13
1
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-3
MSPL
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-3
MSDM
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
5
6
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-3
MS
1456
0
2
0
6
16
97
82
38
123
127
117
126
297
306
106
12
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-3
MSPL
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
4
4
2
3
6
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-3
MSDM
31
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
10
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
SEGS
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ICG
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
VSS
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCI
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-3
MS
3277
1
3
4
7
12
11
24
32
49
108
185
401
1000
892
457
41
1
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-3
MSPL
32
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
10
10
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-3
MSDPL
28
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
11
11
3
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
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