1896-O VAM-4 Micro O Mint Mark

Discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM,

4(Privately made) III21 · C3d (Small Micro O Tilted Far Right) (181) R-6
Obverse III21– Normal die type but with rounded design were it meets field. Date in normal lateral position but slightly low. Die marker– Single line at base of top cotton leaf. (Specific 1896 die copied not yet determined.)
Reverse C3d– Small micro I O mint mark set slightly high and centered with tilt far to right. Rounded design where it meets field, particularly wing and tail feather edges. Dies copied from 1899 O VAM 6 reverse coin with same micro O mint mark position and couple faint short diagonal polishing lines at inner end of sixth and seventh feather from bottom of eagle’s left wing– same as for 1899 O VAM 6. Also has small raised dot on left side of fifth tail feather-- same as for 1899 O VAM 6. Three different reverse dies used that were copies of 1899 O VAM 6 reverse coin. Die 1-- Extremely fine raised dots around LLAR. Die 2– Small raised dots around LLAR in different pattern. Die 3– Small raised dots around LAR, right star, wreath leaves above AR and below and below and to right of lower arrow head. All three dies have same indents to left of O mint mark and to right of N in ONE from 1899 O copied coin bag marks.

Comments:
1- Since VAM numbers are assigned by die classification, and not just by die pairing, multiple die pairings may exist.
2- PCGS announcement that they no longer slab these micro Os as they believe they are counterfeit.

Threads:

LVA Plate Photos:
1896-O_VAM-4_Designer's_Initial_M.jpg 1896-O_VAM-4_Micro_O_Tilted_Far_Rt.jpg
1896-O_VAM-4_Raised_Dots_OLLAR.jpg 1896-O_VAM-4_Wing_Edge.jpg
1896-O_VAM-4_Lines_in_Wing.jpg

Additional photos:
Below is an example comparing a micro O and a normal O (from 1899-O coins but having the same sizes). Notice the Micro O is almost round and the normal O is tall and has an almost oval center.
micro_o_normal_o.jpg
DC_1896o_hg_mm.jpg

4 copyrighted© images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of oldcollectorcoins

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occ-1896-o-x-v4-9-9-13.jpg
occ-1896-o-x-v4-9-9-13a.jpg


DC_1896o_hg_obv.jpg
DC_1896o_hg_rev.jpg

dc_morg_1896-O_1_jun_2016_obv.jpg
dc_morg_1896-O_1_jun_2016_obv.jpg

dc_morg_1896-O_1_jun_2016_rev.jpg
dc_morg_1896-O_1_jun_2016_rev.jpg



Price History:

From the VAMview archives. Prices fell significantly after PCGS stopped attributing them.
1896-O
4
45
ANACS
Dec-07
VQ
$602
1896-O
4
40
PCGS
Nov-04
H
$2,990
1896-O
4
40
ANACS
Apr-11
VQ
$450
1896-O
4
35
PCGS
Apr-05
E
$3,905
1896-O
4
20
raw
Apr-05
E
$431
1896-O
4
20
raw
May-09
E
$21
1896-O
4
15
raw
Mar-08
E
$165
1896-O
4
15
raw
Feb-10
E
$74
1896-O
4
15
raw
Feb-10
E
$31
1896-O
4
12
PCGS
Mar-09
E
$472
1896-O
4
12
ANACS
Sep-06
E
$405
1896-O
4
12
ANACS
Mar-10
TT
$368
1896-O
4
12
ANACS
Aug-05
E
$160
1896-O
4
10
PCGS
Dec-07
E
$366
1896-O
4
10
ANACS
Feb-10
PP
$140
1896-O
4
10
ANACS
May-07
E
$115
1896-O
4
10
raw
Apr-07
E
$87
1896-O
4
8
ANACS
Dec-05
E
$350
1896-O
4
8
raw
Mar-07
E
$63
1896-O
4
6
raw
Sep-07
E
$85
1896-O
4
6
raw
Dec-08
E
$29


Condition Census:

11/2015
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-4
MS
3
0
0
1
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-4
MS
77
3
12
17
16
12
11
4
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SEGS
VAM-4
MS
15
2
5
1
0
4
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ICG
VAM-4
MS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
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
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
NGC
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total
96
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