Hot 50 Morgan VAMs


Jeff Oxman published the Hot 50 Morgan dollar book back in 2000. These are varieties that were identified in addition to the Top 100 Morgan dollars that collectors were interested in. This is quite an advanced list, as many of these varities are extrememly scarce, and a few have sold for staggering premiums in the marketplace. Out of print for years, the Hot 50 book has recently been re-published in 2008. All of these VAMs are recognized by the major grading services, although a few are lumped together under one item - aka 1921 "Pitted Reverse" at PCGS. Below are the VAMs that are recognized
as Hot 50 coins.

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Slot
Year
VAM
Description
1.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-8
8TF Stick Feather
2.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-14.4
8TF Concave Reverse


camera.jpgVAM-14.4A
8TF Concave Reverse, Clashed Obverse In & t
3.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-14.5
8TF Spiked "A"
4.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-14.16
8TF DDO Profile
5.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-20
8TF Doubled Date
6.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-22
camera.jpgVAM-22A
camera.jpgVAM-22B
8TF Polished Lib
7.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-34
camera.jpgVAM-34A
7/4TF, Strong
4TF, Clashed Obverse t
8.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-43
7/0TF Doubled Legs
9.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-79
Disconnected Leaf
10.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-145
Broken "N&M" with broken 'o' reverse

1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-162
Broken "N&M" with broken 'r' reverse
11.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-169
Quadrupled Stars
12.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-170
camera.jpgVAM-170A
Doubled Date
Double Date, Die Chips Phrygian Cap
13.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-187
"Impossible" Doubled "R"
14.
1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-6
DDO "RIB", Available in High Grade

1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-22
DDO "RIB", MM Shifted Left, Scarce

1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-77
DDO "RIB", MM Very High, Extremely Rare


camera.jpgVAM-111
DDO "RIB", MM High, ULTRA RARE
15.
1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-11
8/7 Check Mark, found in higher grades

1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-11A
8/7 Check Mark, Clashed Obverse st

1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-16
8/7 Check Mark, scarce

1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-16A
8/7 Check Mark,Die Break E-P Dot

1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-29
8/7 Check Mark, Doubled 80

1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-41
8/7 Check Mark, Doubled Obv Top, Tripled Date

1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-41A
8/7 Check Mark, Doubled Obv Top, Tripled Date, Clashed n, st

1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-53
8/7 Check Mark, rare!
16.
1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-39A
"E" Clash reverse with ribbon bow break
17.
1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-16
8/7 Check Mark, small o right

1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-17
camera.jpgVAM-17A
8/7 Check Mark, medium O
8/7 Check Mark, Medium O, Clashed Obverse n & t

1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-21
8/7 Check Mark with ear, small o

1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-55
8/7 Check Mark, small o, doubled reverse

1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-63
8/7 Check Mark, medium O high
18.
1880-S
camera.jpgVAM-11
0/9 Overdate, Medium S, available in higher grades
19.
1881-O
camera.jpgVAM-27
DDO Ear, scarce
20.
1883-O
camera.jpgVAM-22A
"E" Clash reverse.

1883-O
camera.jpgVAM-36A
"E" Clash reverse, chips in ear, available in higher grades
21.
1884-P
camera.jpgVAM-2A
"E" Clash reverse with dash under 8
22.
1884-P
camera.jpgVAM-5
camera.jpgVAM-5A
Doubled 18, Doubled Ear
Doubled 18 & Ear, Clashed Obverse n
23.
1884-O
camera.jpgVAM-10
DDO Ear, so called O/CC by Walter Breen
24.
1884-O
camera.jpgVAM-25
MPD "88"
25.
1884-O
camera.jpgVAM-35
DDO Eyelid
26.
1885-P
camera.jpgVAM-1A
camera.jpgVAM-1A1
camera.jpgVAM-1A2
Pitted Reverse "ONE D"
Pitted Reverse
Pitted Reverse, Clashed Obverse n & t, Reverse M

1885-P
camera.jpgVAM-1B
Pitted Reverse "DOL"

1885-P
camera.jpgVAM-1C
Pitted Reverse Wreath
27.
1885-CC
camera.jpgVAM-4
Doubled Dash
28.
1886-P
camera.jpgVAM-1C
"3+2" Clash, available in higher grades
29.
1886-P
camera.jpgVAM-20
Doubled Date, few known
30.
1886-O
camera.jpgVAM-7
O/O, very scarce
31.
1887-P
camera.jpgVAM-1B
"E" Clash reverse, very rare
32.
1887-S
camera.jpgVAM-4
Doubled 1--7-S

1887-S
camera.jpgVAM-11
Doubled 1-7 & Reverse Lettering
33.
1888-P
camera.jpgVAM-4
DDR Chipped "8"

1888-P
camera.jpgVAM-6
DDR Die Scratch

1888-P
camera.jpgVAM-7
DDR Die Chips. Four die stages (7A , 7B, 7C, 7D)

1888-P
camera.jpgVAM-12
camera.jpgVAM-12A
DDR & Clash, available in higher grades
Doubled Ear, High Date, Doubled Reverse, Clashed Obverse n

1888-P
camera.jpgVAM-16
DDR Wreath, available in higher grades

1888-P
camera.jpgVAM-16A
DDR Wreath, die gouge cotton leaves, available in higher grades

1888-P
camera.jpgVAM-18
DDO Eyelid, MPD
34.
1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-15
DDR Star, O/O
35.
1888-S
camera.jpgVAM-6A
Pitted Reverse (Formerly VAM-1B.)
36.
1889-P
camera.jpgVAM-16
DDO Ear, available in higher grades

1889-P
camera.jpgVAM-18
DDO Ear

1889-P
camera.jpgVAM-18A
DDO Ear, die chip cap rear

1889-P
camera.jpgVAM-20
DDO Ear
37.
1889-P
camera.jpgVAM-23A
"IN" Clash, ultra rare
38.
1889-O
camera.jpgVAM-20A
Weak "E" Clash, very rare
39.
1890-O
camera.jpgVAM-10
Comet gouges

1890-O
camera.jpgVAM-10A
Polished Comet gouges
40.
1891-O
camera.jpgVAM-1B
Pitted Reverse above E and under N to rim
41.
1891-O
camera.jpgVAM-3A
camera.jpgVAM-3A1
camera.jpgVAM-3A2
Weak "E" Clash. LDS has rare die break
O Tilted Right, Clashed Obverse O, Reverse Weak ER
O Tilted Right, Clashed Obv. O, Reverse Weak ER, Die Breaks
42.
1895-S
camera.jpgVAM-3
S/S, curved dash
43.
1896-P
camera.jpgVAM-20
Bar "6" (Previously VAM-1A)
44.
1896-S
camera.jpgVAM-5
S/S, line right
45.
1897-P
camera.jpgVAM-8
DDO Stars, available in higher grades
46.
1900-P
camera.jpgVAM-16
DDR Olives. LDS has pitted eagle

1900-P
camera.jpgVAM-18
DDR Olives
47.
1901-P
camera.jpgVAM-5
DDO Ear & DDR Olive
48.
1901-P
camera.jpgVAM-16
DDO Ear & Eye
49.
1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-1E
Pitted Wreath Bow

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-3B
camera.jpgVAM-3B1
camera.jpgVAM-3B2
Pitting through D in DOLLAR
Pitted Reverse D & Wreath
Pitted Reverse D & Wreath, Quadrupled Clashed Obverse n & t, Reverse M

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-3C
camera.jpgVAM-3C1
camera.jpgVAM-3C2
camera.jpgVAM-3C3
Pitted Reverse LL & UN
Pitted Reverse LL & UN, Doubled Lower Right Reverse
Pitted Reverse LL & UN, Doubled Lower Right Reverse, Die Break Wing Tip
Pitted Reverse LL & UN, Doubled Leaves Right Reverse, Clashed Obverse, Double t

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-3E
Pitting Below Arrow Feathers

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-3F
Pitted AR in DOLLAR


camera.jpgVAM-3F1
Die Gouge Wing


camera.jpgVAM-3F2
Die Gouge Wing, Denticle Impressions ME


camera.jpgVAM-3F3
Die Gouge Wing, Pitted Reverse, Denticle Impressions ME


camera.jpgVAM-3F4
Die Gouge Wing, Pitted Reverse, Die Break Above R

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-3N
Pitting through U in UNITED

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-15
Doubled Motto, Pitted Reverse

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-15A
Doubled Motto, Pitted Reverse Die gouges Arrow Heads
50.
1921-D
camera.jpgVAM-1B1
Capped "R"

1921-D
camera.jpgVAM-1B2
Capped "R" / Filled Die no E in WE




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