1891-O VAM-1A1 Clashed Obverse D & O, Reverse BERT


This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.

1A1(revised) III21 · C3a (Clashed Obverse D & O, Reverse BERT) (181) I-5 R-5
Obverse III21– Strongly clashed die at top with partial incuse O of O mint mark from reverse showing above right wheat leaf. Part of incuse top of D of DOLLAR from reverse shows below I of PLURIBUS.
Reverse C3a– Strongly clashed die with full raised E below eagle’s tail feathers on left side and partial raised B at left of E, tip of R to right of E and raised bar of T in middle of tail feathers from obverse LIBERTY. Centered circular medium III O mint mark.

Comments:
1- Four die states of this die pair have been catalogued.
The order in progression is:
  • 1st VAM-1a1 Clash
  • 2nd VAM-1a4 Clash Polishing and gouge
  • 3rd VAM-1a2 Depression to Bump
  • 4th VAM-1a3 Terminal break on Bump with non displaced radial break from UNITED
  • VAM-1A1 Through 1A4

2- The final die state 1891-O VAM-1A3 has a large raised verticle bar break on left side of profile line extending up to wreath leaf.
3- This VAM has a the strongest E clashed on the reverse of any Morgan dollar. In fact, the E on the reverse looks like it was actually part of the design it was so strong.
4- This is a really cool variety well worth a substantial premium to own in AU. Mint state examples are exceptionally rare.

Threads:
Russ's Coin to LVA 2013 http://www.vamworld.com/share/view/65101022
http://www.vamworld.com/message/view/home/5593034#5595712
http://www.vamworld.com/message/view/home/15400546

LVA Plate Photos:
1891-O_VAM-1A_Clashed_E1.jpg1891-O_Clashed_BERT.jpg
1891-O_VAM-1A_Clashed_D&O.jpg1891-O_VAM-1A-Clashed_O.jpg

Additional photos:
1891o_vam1a_rev.jpg

Additionally, the reverse is loaded with extra design elements transferred from the obverse die when the two dies clashed together without a planchet in the chamber.
1891o_vam1a_rev_b.jpg

Large Full Coin of VAM-1A1 Photo and Attribution By TwoHawks

rjj-1891progression1047_1a1.jpg
rjj-1891progression1048_1a1rev.jpg



Price History:
1891-O VAM-1A1 PCGS AU55 $135.13 Heritage 9/27/2016
1891-O VAM-1A1 NGC AU50 $141.00 Heritage 4/7/2016
1891-O VAM-1A1 PCGS XF45 $141.00 Heritage 6/11/2017
1891-O VAM-1A1 NGC XF45 $124.00 Heritage 5/14/2017
1891-O VAM-1A1 ANACS XF45 $124.00 Heritage 4/4/2017

Condition Census:
PCGS attributes all sub-varieties as VAM-1A

6/2017
TPG
Variety
Designation
Total
0
1
2
3
4
6
8
10
12
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
53
55
58
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
PCGS
VAM-1A1
MS
18
0
2
3
2
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-1A1
MS
95
0
0
0
1
1
2
2
3
7
5
4
5
6
5
14
18
3
9
7
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-1A
MS
235
0
2
6
2
4
6
4
8
8
13
10
8
12
15
25
40
22
17
18
7
0
3
2
3
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
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
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
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-1A1
MS
158
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
9
16
36
37
17
12
11
11
4
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

VAM-1A1
Total
271
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