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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
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Guidelines for Coin Submittal and Die Varieties - Guidelines from Leroy Van Allen on listing new die varieties.

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VAM of the Week:
1878-S VAM-113 Engraved Hair Ends & Wing Feather, Acid Treated Feathers

1878-S VAM-113

"...this is first known case with engraving by San Francisco Mint on hair strands...combined with most extensive acid treated Rev known.
I suspect this is really a trial Obv & this die combo must be very rare. '78-S varieties have been extensively studied and this Obv die
had not been reported. Rev die is earlier die state than with VAM-36 Die 1 Obv. Likely this die combo was first one used with B2x Rev
since both are very EDS with PL surfaces. Will be interesting to see if other examples of this die combo can be found." --- Leroy Van Allen

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1-07 vamhusker
1-14 VamHelsing
1-21 Ashmore86
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2-4 messydesk
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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
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1888-O Oval O Attribution Guide (PDF)
1921 Wide Reeding Varieties Attribution Guide (PDF)
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