Begining in 2011, John started by doing a "list", of his '11 for 2011 most recommended investment varities, that he presented at the annual FUN show in Orlando, FL. John has created an ongoing tradition of selecting his "top picks" for investment varieties and sharing them with the VAM community.

"It really is an expression of my personal opinion of varieties worth investing in - coins I'd be likely to buy myself given the opportunity."
~ John Roberts ~

This page is an ongoing compilation of John's annual recommendations...



A Dozen VAMs for 2017
1. 1878-P VAM-15
2. 1878-S VAM-49
3. 1879-P VAM-37
4. 1879-S VAM-1B2
5. 1881-O VAM-1D
6. 1881-S VAM-54B
7. 1883-P VAM-9
8. 1891-P VAM-2A
9. 1902-P VAM-12
10. 1921-P VAM-3o3
11. 1922-P VAM-5B
12. 1926-S VAM-1C



A Dozen VAMs for 2016
1. 1878-P VAM 32 7/8TF Top 100 its relative rarity has increased over the last several years
2. 1878-P VAM-189 7TF Hit List 40 might be the strongest re-engraved die in the Morgan series
3. 1880-CC VAM-7 Rev of 78 Hit List 40 harder to find without the clashing. Look for GSA examples
4. 1880-O VAM-11A counterclash on obverse, a jumble of clashing on well used reverse
5. 1888-O VAM-7A Hit List 40 the shooting star
6. 1889-P VAM-5A , 1889-P VAM-5B Hit List 40 pitted dies have a growing following
7. 1891-O VAM-19 WOW! List A strong example of odd die failure on the reverse, paired with a strong doubled obverse
8. 1895-S VAM-1A A nice die break on a semi-key date
9. 1901-S VAM-10 a nice DDO on a better date
10. 1902-O VAM-8 possibly the boldest later date Morgan RPM
11. 1921 Peace VAM-1B bold dot like die gouge
12. 1924-P VAM-1AA Elite 30 The 'Broken Jaw' variety - still appears to be quite rare


John Roberts' annual recommended 'buy' list of VAMs for 2015
  1. 1878-P VAM-41A 7/4 Weak TF Variety the stage without the clash is much harder to find than generally appreciated.
  2. 1878-CC VAM-15 Spiked Lip just look at it - particularly in mint state.
  3. 1878-S VAM-36 group "Dragon Scales" Engraved Wing Feathers the dragon scales need some love
  4. 1880-P VAM-19B Tripled 8, Doubled 1-80,Pitted E-D, Spiked Hair Front rare variety with dramatic obv gouge
  5. 1888-O VAM-2 Oval O, Normal Date, Oval O set high and tilted slightly left Top 100 tougher component of Oval O set
  6. 1891-CC VAM-7 Spitting Eagle. Far Date Top 100 makes the spitting eagle worth having
  7. 1896-O VAM-19 Shifted Date Hit List 40 major shift on RPD
  8. 1899-S VAM-7 Doubled 1-99 Top 100 watch for the earlier stage with clear repunching
  9. 1902-O VAM-26A Doubled Profile & Reverse Lettering, Near Date, Clashed Obverse G ECDM seriously cool clashed die variety
  10. 1921-P VAM-3AM3 Scribbling Die Scratches #28, Die File Lines Forehead & Neck, Break Forehead yeah, she's got a headache
  11. 1921-P Peace VAM-1A Die Break Reverse Right Field Peace Elite 30 nice break in reverse field
  12. 1922-P VAM-12A Moustache, Doubled Lower Reverse Peace Top 50 the moustache is a classic

John Roberts' annual recommended 'buy' list of VAMs for 2014.

1. 1878-CC VAM-28
2. 1879-S VAM-50 Rev 78
3. 1880-P VAM-8
4. 1882-P VAM-24 - make sure it's the early stage with the bold MPD
5. 1885-CC VAM-4
6. 1888-P VAM-6
7. 1901-O VAM-34
8. 1902-P VAM-4
9. 1902-O VAM-54
10. 1922-D VAM-2A
11. 1922-S VAM-10
12. 1924-P VAM-8A

John Roberts' annual recommended 'buy' list of VAMs for 2013.
  1. 1878-P VAM-9

  2. 1878-S VAM-41

  3. 1887-O VAM-22A, 1887-O VAM-22B

  4. 1888-S VAM-13

  5. 1890-CC VAM-4

  6. 1891-O VAM-14

  7. 1895-S VAM-4

  8. 1900-O/CC VAM-9

  9. 1901-P VAM-3

  10. 1903-O VAM-4A

  11. 1921 Morgan VAM-3i

  12. 1923-P VAM-1D

  13. 1924-P VAM-5A



John Roberts' annual recommended 'buy' list of VAMs for 2012.
  1. 1878-P VAM-229

  2. 1878-CC VAM-24

  3. 1878-S VAM-18, 1878-S VAM-18A

  4. 1879-S VAM-65

  5. 1880 VAM-1A2

  6. 1880-O VAM-43

  7. 1885-S VAM-6

  8. 1889-CC VAM-2A

  9. 1895-O VAM-3A

  10. 1921-P Peace VAM-3

  11. 1922-P VAM-2C2

  12. 1934-D VAM-4


John Roberts' annual recommended 'buy' list of VAMs for 2011.

  1. 1878 VAM-44, 1878 VAM-44A

  2. 1878-CC VAM-13

  3. 1878-S VAM-58

  4. 1880 VAM-23

  5. 1882-O VAM-3A

  6. 1888-O VAM-15

  7. 1891-O VAM-1A3

  8. 1894-S VAM-1A

  9. 1903-S VAM-2

  10. 1922 VAM-2A

  11. 1923-D VAM-1H