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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-P VAM-215 - Almost Impossible

This proof only variety is one of the rarest of all VAMs. The Reverse of 1879 proof has a reported mintage of 50 pieces, and there are reportedly 12 to 15 surviving examples.
I suspect the actual number is much lower. Anecdotally. I've had the chance to hold and examine multiple examples of the 1804 dollar, the 1913 Liberty Nickel, along with the
specimen strike of the 1794 dollar and the only privately held 1822 half eagle. I've even seen the 1849 double eagle through some serious security glass. I have never had
a chance to personally examine an 1878 Reverse of 79 proof. The closest I've come was discovering the 1879 and 1880 proof dollars use the same reverse die. There have
only been a pair of auction appearances (and one miscue) in recent history, the Heritage auction at the 1995 ANA in Anaheim, and the November 2004 session of the
Richmond Collection by DLRC where the coin sold for $155,250. This same example was held by Rare Coin Wholesalers and they were kind enough to share images when I
was researching an article on the 1879 proof pieces. It's one of those pieces where having the money to buy the coin doesn't guarantee you'll ever get the chance to acquire it.

78 v215 obv jpr.jpg

78 v215 rev jpr.jpg

images courtesy Steve Contursi, Rare Coin Wholesalers

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Attribution Tips
Attributing 1878-P VAMs
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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)
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Leroy Van Allen Yearly Supplements
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