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1900-O VAM-29A Heavy Die Break From Rim Through 19 Of The Date
Discovered by Maurice Dubreuil, February 1977. Revised 2009. (Not to be confused with VAM-35A)
This coin is a
) III2 34 - C3a (Doubled Right 0 Top, Die Break in Date) (189) I-4 R-6
Obverse III2 34 -
Die Crack thru bottom of date extending over to denticles below neck point with wide break between 1 base and denticles. Break is as high as date digits above field.
This VAM has a die break from the denticles running almost horizontally through the bottom of the date. Late die states have a huge break with lots of metal pushing upward. It is very distinctive.
Unfortunately, early die states of the break are not as bold and can be confused with the VAM-35A. Complicating this issue is the fact that the VAM-29A brings a significant premium when sold where the
usually does not. VAM-29A is seldom, if ever, found in mint state and the
can be found in high grades. The VAM-35A is not actually a die break but rather a die crack. No metal was significantly displaced as happened in the late stages of the VAM-29A. This page should help attribute the differences in the early stages of the VAM-29A from the VAM-35A.
No LVA Plate Photo:
Below is a 1900-O VAM-29A early/medium die state. Note the crack begins on left edge of the denticle space under Liberty's neck V.
Additionally, the crack starts on the curve of the 9.
Pictured below is a 1900-O
. The crack starts on the edge of a denticle to the left of the neck V. Additionally, the crack on the 9 in the date intersects almost at the bottom of the 9. A second, fainter, crack starts higher on the curve of the 9 but can't always be seen.
There are also obverse die clashes on my VAM-14A. I can't be certain they are on all coins, but the clash could be the cause of the
die crack. Observe the two clash lines touching Liberty's neck.
Liberty has a "spiked lip" from the clashes.
The 1900-O VAM-29A below has an interesting pedigree. It was part of the prize-winning, first complete Top 100 Morgan VAM set, assembled by Mike Andrew:
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-29A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy
1900-O 29A PCGS EF45 eBay $436 Feb-2011
1900-O 29A PCGS EF45 eBay $350 Jan-2011
1900-O 29A PCGS EF45 eBay $330.75 Apr-2010
1900-O 29A PCGS EF40 eBay $152.50 Mar-2010
1900-O 29A PCGS F15 eBay $75 Feb-2010
1900-O 29A ANACS VG8 eBay $42.45 Feb-2010
1900-O 29A ANACS EF40 PP $300 May-06
1900-O 29A VF30 raw Feb-06 E $153
1900-O 29A VF30 raw Jun-06 E $141
1900-O 29A VF25 PCGS Jun-06 E $131
1900-O 29A VF25 raw Jun-06 E $67
1900-O 29A PCGS VF20 eBay $203.50 Jan-25-2007
1900-O 29A VF20 raw Apr-06 E $113
1900-O 29A F12 ANACS Jan-05 PP $100
1900-O 29A VG10 ANACS Nov-05 E $28
1900-O 29A G8 PCGS Jan-06 TT $184
1900-O 29A G8 PCGS Jan-06 TT $179
1900-O 29A G8 PCGS Apr-06 PP $133
1900-O 29A G8 PCGS Mar-06 TT $106
1900-O 29A G8 PCGS Feb-06 E $51
1900-O 29A G8 raw Dec-05 E $22
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