1921-D Attribution guide


21-D Die Crack Break Guide

Obverse feature
Location
VAM #
Description
Neck
VAM-1BG
Small break on Liberty’s neck
PLURIBUS
VAM-1W
Die break between B and U of PLURIBUS
PLURIBUS
VAM-1X
Large rim cud at E-PLURIBUS extending down into letters
PLURIBUS
VAM-1AQ
Rim cud above BU of PLURIBUS
Star (1L*)
VAM-1E
Horizontal break through left first star to neck
Star (2L*)
VAM-1H
Spider web stars. Die break lower left of second star to denticles
Star (3L*)
VAM-6A
Die break 3rd left obverse star, top left point
Star (3L*)
VAM-1AA2
Die Break 3rd Left Star, Gouge E of One
Star (5L*)
VAM-1K
Die break lower left side of 5th left star
Star (6R*)
VAM-1CP
Small break 6th right star and small break D of UNITED
UNUM
VAM-2B
Die break top left of M, doubled date
UNUM
VAM-1BD
Inside M of UNUM (flag like break), over R AMERICA
1 in 1921
VAM-1CQ
Die Break lower left side of 1 in 1921
2 in 1921
JOH-8
Small die break lower part of 2 & D UNITED, also check 1921-D VAM-1ES
9 in 1921
VAM-1AU
Small break lower right of 9, gouge N of ONE
  • Stars are numbered from the date upward toward the top of the coin, L= Left, R=Right


Reverse Feature

Location
VAM #
Description
AMERICA
VAM-1F
Die break top middle of M, top left of E running left
AMERICA
VAM-1D
Die chip inside top right of M, running left
AMERICA
VAM-1L
Die break top left of M extending left
AMERICA
VAM-1AR
Die crack top left of M extending left
AMERICA
VAM-1BH
Small chip inside top of M, also break over R
AMERICA
VAM-1P
Die break between ER
AMERICA
VAM-1BD
Die break over R in denticles, small break on R
AMERICA
VAM-1T
Die break at top left of E
AMERICA
VAM-1B1
Capped R - Break over R (semicircle spaced away from R)
AMERICA
VAM-8A
Flag R (triangle runs along R)
DOLLAR
VAM-1AF
Die gouge D of DOLLAR
DOLLAR
VAM-2A
Die gouge inside top of O in DOLLAR
DOLLAR
VAM-1BL
DOLLAR
VAM-1BG
Small Break 2nd L of Dollar
God
JOH-17
Weak God. Filled die in motto
OF
VAM-1F
Die Break M, also horned O on very LDS coins
OF
VAM-1M
Die breaks left and right on top O in OF - Horned O (See also 2nd S States)
OF
VAM-1V
Die breaks left and right on top O in OF - Horned O
OF
VAM-1O
1"oh" Die break extending to right at top of A in STATES, horned O on LDS coins
OF
VAM-1AJ
Die scratch between O and F in OF
OF
VAM-1D
Die break in denticles above F in OF
ONE
JOH-3
Die break lower right O of ONE
ONE
VAM-1AU
Thin Gouge N of ONE, Die break 9
ONE
VAM-1BD
Small Die break top left O of ONE
ONE
VAM-1U
Diagonal die gouge from E thru bow to #1 tail feather
ONE
VAM-1AA1
Die gouge denticles to lower left of E in ONE
ONE
VAM-1AK
Vertical die gouge E in ONE
STATES
VAM-9
Die break serif right, first S STATES
STATES
VAM-1AH
Die break serif top, first S STATES
STATES
VAM-1BM
Die Gouges top left ST of STATES
STATES
VAM-1J
Die break A extending left into denticles
STATES
VAM-1F
Die break top right of A in STATES
STATES
VAM-1O
1"oh" Die break extending to right at top of A in STATES
STATES
VAM-1BQ
Die cracks above A in STATES (former JOH-9)
STATES
VAM-1AM
Die cracks above A in STATES #2, Small Break Top D of UNITED
STATES
VAM-1BU
Die cracks above A in STATES, Liberty’s cap
STATES
VAM-1Q
Pompadour T - die break top of second T
STATES
VAM-1R
Die break top left of second T
STATES
VAM-2B
Small Die break between E and S (see also obv M of UNUM)
STATES
VAM-5A
Die break ES
STATES
VAM-1G
Die break top of 2nd S
STATES
VAM-9B
“Bean bottom S” Die break lower loop of 2nd S, double date, dot R DOLLAR
STATES
VAM-5A
“Bean bottom S” Die break lower loop of 2nd S
STATES
VAM-1W
Die break top of 2nd S & between B and U of PLURIBUS
STATES
VAM-1M
Die breaks upper serif of second S
STATES
VAM-1AD
Die break top 2nd S STATES – Beanie S
STATES
VAM-1AX
Small break top of D UNITED, Small horn top left of 2nd S STATES
STATES
VAM-1AE
Die chip inside top loop of 2nd S
Tail feathers
VAM-1A1
Die gouge in tail feathers
Trust
VAM-1A2
Tru_t filled die. Missing “S”
Trust
VAM-1AC
T_ust filled die. Missing “R”
Trust
VAM-1AI
_rust Filled Die #2
Trust
VAM-9A
_rust Filled Die #1
UNITED
VAM-1i
Die break top left of N
UNITED
VAM-2B
Die chip top left of T (See also obv M of UNUM)
UNITED
VAM-1N
Die break top of D extending up and right to rim
UNITED
VAM-1AM
Die break top of D, smaller than 1N extending up and right
UNITED
VAM-1AX
Small break top of D UNITED, Small horn top left of 2nd S STATES
UNITED
VAM-1CP
Small die break top of D in UNITED extending up and right and 6th right obverse star
UNITED
JOH-8
Small die break top of D in UNITED extending up and right and 2 of 1921
***Also for die brk D in UNITED, check 1921-D VAM-1i, 1921-D VAM-1ES, 1921-D VAM-1CL and
1921-D VAM-19A
UNITED
JOH-11
Die cracks ED of UNITED
UNITED
VAM-1S
Die gouge thru ED.
UNUM
VAM-2B
Die break top left of M, doubled date
We
VAM-1B2
No E in We, Capped R Die Break
We
VAM-1Z
No E in We
We
VAM-11A
Missing We in the motto
Wing
VAM-1D
Die cracks from eagle's left wing into denticles above OF
Wing
VAM-7A
Die chip eagle's right wing, cracks across TED
Wing
VAM-1P
Die gouge eagle's right wing, break between ER AMERICA
Wing
VAM-3A
Die break eagle's right wing to denticles above S in STATES
Wing
VAM-1AN
Die crack through eagle’s left wing and die break wreath – middle leaf cluster on left
Wing
VAM-12A
Die crack through eagle’s left wing and die break wreath – middle leaf cluster on left
Wreath
VAM-1AN
Die break wreath – middle leaf cluster (3rd from top) on left and die crack through eagle’s left wing
Wreath
VAM-12A
Die break wreath – middle leaf cluster (3rd from top) on left and die crack through eagle’s left wing
Wing
VAM-1BP
Die break wreath – Wreath break, 2nd Leaf cluster from top on left
Wreath
VAM-10A
Diagonal die gouge from top of left wreath to right