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This site is devoted to Morgan and Peace Dollar die varieties, known as VAM varieties. It is open for all members to contribute, edit and improve.
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What is a VAM? (start here!)
Morgan VAM Attribution 101 - Learn your way around the Morgan Dollar.
Peace VAM Attribution 101 - Learn your way around the Peace Dollar.
Video Tutorial: Posting Pictures In Messages + more
Text reference on posting pictures in messages
Guidelines for Coin Submittal and Die Varieties - Guidelines from Leroy Van Allen on listing new die varieties.

2016 SSDC ANA Summer Seminar Scholarship application here.

1878-S VAM-103 Die Chip E (Die 5)


78 S VAM-103 Die 5

Discovered: March 2013 by TBconcrete 78-S VAM-103 Die5
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While at first you may only see bits and pieces of the gouge on this reverse, in time you will find this to be one of the largest gouges
in the entire Morgan dollar series. It begins below the third right leaf cluster and it ends in the M of AMERICA. Whatever gouged this coin jumped from one feature to another. This coin will likely find its way to a book in the future, to say the least. Begin hunting, they are super difficult in AU and up.


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Past **VAM of the Week** varieties.
VAM of the Week By Date

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Top 100 Morgan VAM List
Hot 50 Morgan VAM List
Hit List 40 VAMs
Top 50 Peace Dollar List
Elite 30 Peace List
Kimpton 12 List
Elite Clashed Morgan Dollars
John Roberts' Annual Lists
The WOW! VAMs

Bearded Eagle Clash
Broken Branch Mint Set
Buffed Reverses
Clashed E Varieties
Collar Clash
Die Study Roll Call
Discovery History
Denticle Impressions Varieties
Listed Privately Made Varieties
Misplaced Digit or MPD Varieties
Morgan Dollar Rotated Dies
Pitted Varieties
Scribbling Scratches Varieties
Thread-Like Impression Varieties
VAM Not Assigned Varieties

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Attribution Tips
Attributing 1878-P VAMs
Attributing 1878-S Long Nock VAMs
Attributing 1879-S Reverse of 78
1882-O O/S Attribution Guide - differentiate VAMs 3,4 and 5 EDS and LDS.
1889-P Doubled Ear Attribution Guide
Attributing 1899-O Micro O VAMs
Attributing 1921-D VAMs
1922-P Clashed Die Attribution
1922-S Clashed Die Attribution
1888-O Oval O Attribution Guide (PDF)
1921 Wide Reeding Varieties Attribution Guide (PDF)
Die Progressions

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Definitions Page
Leroy Van Allen Yearly Supplements
A. George Mallis Library
VAM Books
VAM CDs
VAM Videos
Counterfeit Page
Other VAM Resources
Society of Silver Dollar Collectors
Top 100 Insights & Value Guide
A Brief History of the Morgan Dollar
Anatomy of the Morgan Dollar
Peace Dollar VAM facts
PCGS VAM Numbers for submissions
Large Full coin Photo's uploaded
Coin Photography
Fantasy Sets


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VAMquest - Monthly auctions organized by Jeff Oxman. Auctions open on the 1st of the month and close on the 15th.

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What do I do if I think I have a new variety?
Where can I get a VAM attributed?
Grading services that certify VAMs
VAM Articles Sometimes serious, sometimes ludicrous!
VAM Quizzes Test your knowledge!

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