Top 100 Morgan VAMs


The Top 100 Morgan dollar varieties were published by Dr. Michael Fey and Jeff Oxman in 1996*. It was intended to re-focus collectors and dealers onto only the most significant VAMs known to overcome the problem of "micro-vamming" - aka the search for and collection of insignificant varieties. And what a success it has been. Many of these VAMs have entered the mainstream collecting of Morgan dollars; it has become unheard of to claim a complete Morgan dollar collection without including the 1882-O/S, Scarface, Hot Lips, and an 1900-O over CC example among several other varieties.

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Slot
Year
VAM
Description
1.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-5
8TF DDO particularly R-I-B in PLURIBUS.
2.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-9
8TF First Morgan Dollar. Comma Feather Reverse

1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-9A
8TF First Morgan Dollar. Clashed Obverse n & t
3.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-14.11
8TF Wild Eye Spikes
4.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-15
8TF Doubled Liberty concave reverse
5.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-23
8TF Doubled profile (nose, lips, & chin)
6.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-32
7/3 TF Variety
7.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-41
camera.jpgVAM-41B
7/7 TF Variety
7/7 TF Variety Gouge in Cap, clashed obverse n
8.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-44
camera.jpgVAM-44A
7/5 TF Variety. Tripled Obverse blossoms, doubled eagles legs. "The King of VAMs"
3 TF, Clashed Obverse n & st, Reverse M
9.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-45
7/0 TF Variety. Eagle's legs are doubled to left
10.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-70
Doubled R-I-B variety.
11.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-100-1
Incuse M, Short Nock


camera.jpgVAM-100-2
Incuse M, Short Nock
12.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-115
Tripled Leaves & Cotton Bolls

1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-198
Tripled Leaves & Cotton Bolls, over-polished reverse

1878-P
VAM-199.1
Same as VAM-198
13.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-117
Tripled Star, closed O in God

1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-141
Tripled Star, open O in God
14.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-171
Tripled R
15.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-203
Short Leaf

1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-203A
Short Leaf, Clashed Obv n, W, st, Rev M
16.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-220
Tripled R in PLURIBUS
17.
1878-P
camera.jpgVAM-223
Over-polished 'L' in LIBERTY
18.
1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-26
Long Nock, s tilted left

1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-27
Long Nock, broken N and D

1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-56
Long Nock, s mintmark set high

1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-57
Long Nock, s mintmark set left

1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-58
Long Nock, thick eye spike

1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-59
Long Nock, s mintmark slightly left

1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-60
Long Nock, s mintmark high and left

1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-62
Long Nock, s mintmark set far left

1878-S
camera.jpgVAM-72
Long Nock, die chips under eye
19.
1878-CC
camera.jpgVAM-6
Doubled Leaves & ear. CC almost touches wreath

1878-CC
camera.jpgVAM-18
Doubled Leaves & ear. CC normal
20.
1878-CC
camera.jpgVAM-11
Lines in Eagle's Wing.
21.
1878-CC
camera.jpgVAM-24 / 24A
Doubled Leaves. Ear not doubled. Nice die break on late die state.
22.
1879-O
camera.jpgVAM-4
Triple O/Horizontal O with doubled 9 obverse

1879-O
camera.jpgVAM-28
Triple O/Horizontal O with doubled 87 obverse
23.
1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-4
Reverse of 1878, Die Rust Dots on Wing Next to Leg

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-6
Reverse of 1878, TIUST, Engraved Wing Feather

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-9
Reverse of 1878, Doubled 9, Engraved Wing Feather from 1878-S

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-23
Reverse of 1878, Die Rust Dots on Wing Next to Leg

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-25
Reverse of 1878, Doubled 7, Die Rust Dots on Wing Next to Leg

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-34
Reverse of 1878, Engraved Wing Feather

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-34A
Reverse of 1878, Engraved Wing Feather, polished down reverse

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-34B
Reverse of 1878, Engraved Wing Feather, polished initial

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-35
Reverse of 1878, Doubled 9, Engraved Wing Feather

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-39
Reverse of 1878, Engraved Wing Feather

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-42
Reverse of 1878, Doubled 79, Engraved Wing Feather

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-43
Reverse of 1878, Doubled Date, Engraved Wing Feather

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-46
Reverse of 1878, TIUST, Doubled 79, Engraved Wing Feather

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-50
Reverse of 1878, Doubled 7 Top, Engraved Wing Feather

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-51
Reverse of 1878, Tripled Stars, Doubled 9 & Motto, Engraved Wing Feather

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-52
Reverse of 1878, Doubled 7, Engraved Wing Feather

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-56
Reverse of 1878, Tripled Stars, Die Rust Spots on Wing Next to Leg

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-66
Reverse of 1878, Doubled 187, Die Rust on Wing Next to Leg

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-67
Reverse of 1878, Doubled 18-9 & Tripled/Quadrupled Stars

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-77
Reverse of 1878, Engraved Wing Feather from 1878-S, 9 Upper Tailfeathers

1879-S
camera.jpgVAM-77A
Reverse of 1878, Engraved Wing Feather from 1878-S, 8 Upper Tailfeathers
24.
1879-CC
camera.jpgVAM-3
Capped Die Large over Small CC
26.
1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-1A
camera.jpgVAM-1A1
camera.jpgVAM-1A2
Die Break Knobbed 8
Die Break Wreath Bow
Broken Knob 8, Die Break Wreath Bow
26.
1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-6
8/7 spikes above, and a crossbar inside, 2nd 8
27.
1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-7
8/7 crossbar at the top inside of the second 8
28.
1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-8
8/7 Ears top left & right 2nd 8
29.
1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-9
8/7 Stem. Faint diagonal marks in both loops of the 2nd 8
30.
1880-P
camera.jpgVAM-23
80/79. Remains of 7 on the surface of the 0
31.
1880-CC
camera.jpgVAM-4
80/79. overdate markings in 8 & 0
32.
1880-CC
camera.jpgVAM-5
8/7 High 7 in 2nd 8

1880-CC
camera.jpgVAM-6
8/7 Low 7 in 2nd 8
33.
1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-1A
Hangnail reverse. Reclassified VAM-48
34.
1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-4
Crossbar with Micro O

1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-5
Crossbar with Medium O
35.
1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-6
8/7 Ear top outside left of 8

1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-6A
8/7 Ear top outside left of 8, die gouge left wreath

1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-6C
camera.jpgVAM-6D
8/7 Ear top outside left of 8, die gouge left wreath
8/7 Spike, Clashed Obverse st
36.
1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-6B
8/7 Ear with Hangnail reverse. Reclassified VAM-49
37.
1880-O
camera.jpgVAM-43
Doubled Ear
38.
1880-S
camera.jpgVAM-8
8/7 Diagonal, gunk top loop 2nd 8, Medium S

1880-S
camera.jpgVAM-9
8/7 Diagonal, gunk top loop 2nd 8, Large S
39.
1880-S
camera.jpgVAM-10
8/7 Crossbar. Markings in top of 2nd 8
40.
1882-O
camera.jpgVAM-3
camera.jpgVAM-3A
O/S Flush. Look for the rare early die state
Doubled 82, Open 2, O/S "Flush", Clashed Obverse us
41.
1882-O
camera.jpgVAM-4
O/S Recessed. An Ultra-rare early die state is known.
42.
1882-O
camera.jpgVAM-5
O/S Broken. Look for the rare early die state.
43.
1882-O
camera.jpgVAM-7
O/O repunched mintmark
44.
1883-P
camera.jpgVAM-10
Sextupled Stars
45.
1883-O
camera.jpgVAM-4
Strong O/O
46.
1884-P
camera.jpgVAM-3
Large Dot near designer's initial: M

1884-P
camera.jpgVAM-4
Small Dot near designer's initial: M
47.
1884-O
camera.jpgVAM-6
O/O. Underlying remains at bottom left outside
48.
1885-S
camera.jpgVAM-6
S/S extra serif at bottom of S mintmark

1885-S
camera.jpgVAM-9
S/S, digit in denticles below date
49.
1886-P
camera.jpgVAM-1A
camera.jpgVAM-1A1
Line in 6. Two die pairs known.
Line in 6,Clashed Obverse In & st
50.
1886-P
camera.jpgVAM-17
Doubled Arrows
51.
1886-P
camera.jpgVAM-21
Old VAM-1B, Line through M caused by a misplaced 8
52.
1886-O
camera.jpgVAM-1A
Clashed E with 1, 2 or 7 clashes
53.
1886-S
camera.jpgVAM-2
S/S. on both top & bottom serifs
54.
1887-P
camera.jpgVAM-1A
Donkey Tail. Die Break bottom right of D in DOLLAR

1887-P
camera.jpgVAM-25A
1A is LDS of 25; Donkey Tail. Die Break bottom right of D in DOLLAR
55.
1887-P
camera.jpgVAM-2
7/6 curved line through bottom stem of 7
56.
1887-P
camera.jpgVAM-5
Doubling is most prominent on last 87
57.
1887-P
camera.jpgVAM-12
camera.jpgVAM-12A
Alligator Eye. Doubled vertical line at front of Liberty's eye.
Doubled LIBERTY, Alligator Eye, Clashed Obverse Die st
58.
1887-O
camera.jpgVAM-2
Doubled 1, Tripled 7 in date
59.
1887-O
camera.jpgVAM-3
7/6. Remains of an underlying 6 at the base of the 7
60.
1887-O
camera.jpgVAM-5
camera.jpgVAM-5A
camera.jpgVAM-5B
Doubled Stars
Doubled Stars & Motto, Die Break Below 18
Doubled Stars & Motto, Die Break Below 18& at B
61.
1887-O
camera.jpgVAM-22A
camera.jpgVAM-22B
Pitted Reverse. Formerly VAM-22
Doubled Eyelid & Stars, Pitted Reverse, Clashed Obverse G & t
62.
1887-S
camera.jpgVAM-2
S/S. remains of original S visible inside top loop

1887-S
camera.jpgVAM-2A
S/S. remains of original S visible inside top loop, Damaged Denticles
63.
1888-P
camera.jpgVAM-11
Strong doubling at back and left inside of ear

1888-P
camera.jpgVAM-11A
Strong doubling at back and left inside of ear with die clashes
64.
1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-1A
Clashed E on Reverse, most have die break through R
65.
1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-1B
Scar Face. Die Break from the rim across Liberty's cheek
66.
1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-4
Hot Lips. Doubling of Liberty's nose, lips and chin
67.
1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-9
Doubled Arrows Reverse
68.
1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-2
Oval O mintmark set high. Die Pair #2 is now VAM-34

1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-5
Oval O, Doubled 1. Very tough to find

1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-6
Oval O, Last 8 Doubled

1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-17
Oval O, Near Date

1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-18
Oval O, Doubled Date

1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-21
Oval O tilted left

1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-24
Oval O high and tilted left

1888-O
camera.jpgVAM-34
New listing!
69.
1889-P
camera.jpgVAM-19A
Bar Wing normal date. Former VAM-5A.

1889-P
camera.jpgVAM-19B
Bar Wing normal date. Clashed N obverse. (Must have the wing die break to be a Top 100)

1889-P
camera.jpgVAM-22
Bar Wing far date
70.
1889-O
camera.jpgVAM-1A
camera.jpgVAM-1A1
camera.jpgVAM-1A2
Clashed E Reverse. A monster double clash E stage is known
Clashed Obverse t, Reverse Partial E & M
Clashed Obverse G, T, R, D & O, Reverse BER, M
71.
1889-O
camera.jpgVAM-2
Oval O

1889-O
camera.jpgVAM-2A
Oval O with large die chip on right side of 1st 8 ( VAM-17 eliminated and became VAM-2A)
72.
1889-O
camera.jpgVAM-6
Doubled 18-9 at bottoms
73.
1890-CC
camera.jpgVAM-4
Tail Bar Die Gouge
74.
1891-P
camera.jpgVAM-2
Doubled Ear

1891-P
camera.jpgVAM-2A
camera.jpgVAM-2B
Doubled Ear Late Die State Mustache Die Break
Doubled Ear, Clashed Obverse n
75.
1891-CC
camera.jpgVAM-3
Spitting Eagle. Die Gouge in front of eagle's mouth
76.
1891-O
camera.jpgVAM-1A
camera.jpgVAM-1A1
camera.jpgVAM-1A2
camera.jpgVAM-1A3
Clashed E on Reverse, Late Die stage has eyeball die break
Clashed Obverse D & O, Reverse BERT
Clashed Obverse D & O, Reverse BERT, Dome Die Sink
Clashed Obverse D & O, Reverse BERT, Die Break Left Wreath
77.
1891-S
camera.jpgVAM-3
Stars to the left of the date doubled
78.
1892-O
camera.jpgVAM-5
Doubled 2, Ear, O/O Top, Very Near Date, Overlapping Reeding
(VAM-7 Incorporated into VAM-5)
79.
1892-S
camera.jpgVAM-2
camera.jpgVAM-7
All numerals of date doubled
80.
1893-P
camera.jpgVAM-4
Bottom edges of stars to the left and right of date doubled
81.
1895-S
camera.jpgVAM-4
S/Horizontal S
82.
1896-P
camera.jpgVAM-4
Stars to the left and right of dated doubled

1896-P
camera.jpgVAM-4A
Stars to the left and right of dated doubled, Gouges Cap & UN
83.
1896-P
camera.jpgVAM-19
Top of an '8' visible in the denticles
84.
1896-O
camera.jpgVAM-4
Micro O mintmark (Privately Made)
85.
1897-P
camera.jpgVAM-6A
Pitted Reverse w/ Near Date
86.
1899-O
camera.jpgVAM-4
Micro O mintmark. Normal Date position

1899-O
camera.jpgVAM-5
Micro O mintmark. Lines in Eagle's Wing

1899-O
camera.jpgVAM-6
Micro O mintmark. Date set to left.

1899-O
camera.jpgVAM-31
Micro O mintmark. Normal Date position

1899-O
camera.jpgVAM-32
Micro O mintmark. Normal Date position
87.
1899-S
camera.jpgVAM-7
Doubled Date. Both 9's doubled above the numerals
88.
1900-P
camera.jpgVAM-11
Doubled Eagle Reverse

1900-P
camera.jpgVAM-24
Doubled Eagle Reverse, Quintupled Obverse Stars
89.
1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-5
Micro O mintmark (Privately Made)
90.
1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-7
O/CC Low with Doubled 0

1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-7A
O/CC Low, die chip over the 9

1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-8
O/CC Centered Shifted Left

1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-8A
O/CC Centered Shifted Left with Rust Spots.

1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-8B
O/CC Centered Shifted Left with Rust Spots, clashed.

1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-10
camera.jpgVAM-10A
O/CC Centered, Low
O/CC Centered, Low, Clashed n, M

1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-11
O/CC High, Shifted Right

1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-12
O/CC High, Shifted Right
91.
1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-9
O/CC Centered, Shifted Right, Doubled Date
92.
1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-15
Doubled Stars to the right of the date

1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-15A
Doubled Stars to the right of the date, clashed
93.
1900-O
camera.jpgVAM-29A
Heavy Die Break up from rim through 19 of the date
94.
1901-P
camera.jpgVAM-3
Shifted Eagle. DDR
95.
1902-P
camera.jpgVAM-4
Back of Liberty's ear doubled
96.
1902-O
camera.jpgVAM-3
Micro O mintmark (Privately Made)
97.
1903-S
camera.jpgVAM-2
Small S mintmark
98.
1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-41A
Pitted Reverse. Formerly VAM-41/1A

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-41B
Pitted Reverse, Die File Lines Lower Reverse
99.
1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-2
Infrequently Reeded, revised into VAMs 13, 25 ,26, 27, 28

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-2A
Infrequently Reeded, revised to VAM-27A

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-4
Infrequently Reeded, Doubled N of IN

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-13
camera.jpgVAM-13A
Infrequently Reeded, Doubled Stars & Date
Infrequently Reeded, Doubled Stars and Date, Die Gouges ST, Scribbling Die Scratches

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-25
camera.jpgVAM-25A
Infrequently Reeded, Doubled Jaw & Left Stars
Infrequently Reeded, Doubled Jaw & Left Stars, Die Gouge S, Scribbling Die Scratches

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-26
camera.jpgVAM-26A
Infrequently Reeded, Tripled Chin & Nose Tip
Infrequently Reeded, Tripled Chin/Nose, Beveled Denticles, Scribbling Die Scratches

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-27
Infrequently Reeded, Tripled Neck

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-27A
Infrequently Reeded, old 2A, die flakes above ST in STATES

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-28
camera.jpgVAM-28A
Infrequently Reeded, Doubled Jaw Front
Infrequently Reeded, Doubled Jaw Front, Scribbling Die Scratches, Beveled Denticles

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-29
camera.jpgVAM-29A
Infrequently Reeded, Tripled 9 & Stars
Infrequently Reeded, Tripled 9 & Stars, Beveled Denticles

1921-P
camera.jpgVAM-44
Infrequently Reeded, D2A rev, Horiz polishing line thru right wing
100.
1921-D
camera.jpgVAM-1A
camera.jpgVAM-1A2
Filled Die: S in Trust missing. Reclassified 1921-D VAM-1A2
TRU_T Filled Die, Former VAM-1A

*The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys Copyright 2009 RCI. With permission from the authors Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., http://www.rcicoins.com, and Jeff Oxman, http://www.vamlink.com

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