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 Top 100 Morgan VAM.

29A (revised) 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.

Comments:
1- 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.
2- 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 1900-O VAM-35A usually does not. VAM-29A is seldom, if ever, found in mint state and the 1900-O VAM-35A 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.

Threads:

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:

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.
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Additional comments:
Pictured below is a 1900-O VAM-14A. 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.

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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 VAM-14A die crack. Observe the two clash lines touching Liberty's neck.
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Liberty has a "spiked lip" from the clashes.
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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:
1900-O_VAM-29A_ANACS_08_MAndrew_pedigree.jpg
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-29A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
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1900-O RonH VAM-29A_REV_07042017.jpg




Price History:

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


Condition Census:



Dec-2010
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
ANACS
MS
153
1
5
26
22
33
46
8
3
3
5
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
MS
38
0
5
6
3
12
2
1
1
2
2
0
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
MS

0








1
0



0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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