1921-D VAM-1A2 TRU_T filled die

Discovered by Hal Justice, December 1968 This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.

1A2 IV 1 D2a (Trut, Pierced Tail Feather Die Scratch) (189) I-3 R-6
Reverse D2a - Die fill in s of Trust to form Tru_t.

Comments:
1- Formerly VAM-1A. Connected to the former VAM-1AB by John Kohut December 2004
2- Made popular by one of the leading VAM reference books, The Top 100 Morgan Dollar varieties: The VAM Keys, by Michael S. Fey, Ph.D. and Jeff Oxman, VAM-1A coins are among the most widely known of all 1921-D die varieties. This particular coin can be easily recognized with the naked eye as the S in Trust is completely missing on the reverse. A small amount of grease, used to lubricate the coining press, filled the letter on the die. When coins were struck with the greasy die, metal could not flow into the letter.
3- In 2004 it was finally noticed that there is a die gouge through the Eagle's tailfeathers and the VAM is now called VAM-1A2 rather than just VAM-1A. Coins without the filled S of TRUST are VAM-1A1
4- Unlike many of the die breaks and die gouges documented for 1921-D coins, the die fill happened early in the life of this die. The dies were fresh since the coins exhibit prooflike reflective qualities, a trait uncommon on most 1921-Ds.

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No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1A2 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
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From Heritage's auction archives another here here




Price History:
5/21/2006 AU-55 PCGS $320 Ebay Item 8420010595
6/1/2006 MS-65 PCGS $2012.50 Heritage Auction 408, Lot 2769
August 2008 AU50 PCGS 349.99 eBay "store item" Buy It Now
1921-D VAM-1A2 Raw MS62-ish $132.49 eBay Apr 17, 2011

The VAM-1A2 variety is worth a huge premium over common 1921-D coins. A few sharp-eyed collectors noticed a VAM-1A2 in a PCGS MS-65 holder during an online auction at Heritage Coins. Although unattributed when the auction closed in February 2003, the coin brought $575, while the Greysheet Bid was only $75 for a standard coin. Experts in the VAM community agree that the sale price would have been much, much higher had the variety and sale been widely known. Another (the same?) PCGS MS-65 coin sold by Heritage for $2012.50 in June 2006.

Condition Census:

10/2015
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-1A
MS
111
0
0
0
0
4
22
11
16
12
7
1
0
10
20
15
3
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-1A
MS
89
0
2
0
1
1
31
14
7
13
4
0
1
3
11
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-1A
MS
47
0
0
0
0
0
6
5
2
5
4
0
2
6
11
5
1
0
0
0
0
0
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