1891-O VAM-1A Clashed E Reverse

Discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.

This coin is a Top 100 and a WOW! Morgan VAM.

1A III2 1 C3a (E on Reverse) (181) I-4 R-3
Reverse C3a - Clashed die with full E under eagle's tail feathers on left side.

Comments:
1- The die states of the 1A die pair have been catalogued as 1891-O VAM-1A1, 1891-O VAM-1A2, 1891-O VAM-1A3, and 1891-O VAM-1A4. 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. This is a really cool variety well worth a substantial premium to own in AU. Mint state examples are exceptionally rare.
2- So 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

Threads:

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

Additional Photo's:
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

L in LIBERTY shows up on some of these.
1891-O_LBERT_Rev.jpg

RSK posted this late die state example in an ANACS holder graded AU-53 Cleaned. Notice the cud at about 8 O'clock.
91-O_R.jpg
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1A Images© on loan to VAMworld courtesy TeletTradeLogo14.jpg® ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
1891-O_RonH_VAM-1A_OBV_TT_04082011.jpg

1891-O_RonH_VAM-1A_REV_TT_04082011.jpg


Price History:
1891-O VAM-1A NGC AU50 $160.07 eBay Oct-19-2008

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-1A
MS

0
0
3
7
18
28
13
7
6
3
0
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-1A
MS
106
0
3
5
11
25
31
8
8
10
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-1A E REV TOP 100
MS
256
2
3
20
27
40
84
37
19
16
7
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-1A1 E REV TOP 100
MS
65
0
2
1
9
14
21
8
2
5
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-1A2 E REV TOP 100
MS
19
0
0
3
0
10
5
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-1A3 E REV TOP 100
MS
2
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0