Top 100 Morgan VAMs

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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 eagle's 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 mint mark set high ||
|| || 1878-S || Camera.jpgVAM-57 || Long Nock, s mint mark set left ||
|| || 1878-S || Camera.jpgVAM-58 || Long Nock, thick eye spike ||
|| || 1878-S || Camera.jpgVAM-59 || Long Nock, s mint mark slightly left ||
|| || 1878-S || Camera.jpgVAM-60 || Long Nock, s mint mark high and left ||
|| || 1878-S || Camera.jpgVAM-62 || Long Nock, s mint mark 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 tail feathers ||
|| || 1879-S || Camera.jpgVAM-77A || Reverse of 1878, Engraved wing feather from 1878-S, 8 Upper tail feathers ||
|| 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 mint mark ||
|| 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 mint mark ||
|| || 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 mint mark 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 mint mark (Privately Made) ||
|| 85. || 1897-P || Camera.jpgVAM-6A || Pitted Reverse w/ Near Date ||
|| 86. || 1899-O || Camera.jpgVAM-4 || Micro O mint mark. Normal Date position ||
|| || 1899-O || Camera.jpgVAM-5 || Micro O mint mark. Lines in Eagle's Wing ||
|| || 1899-O || Camera.jpgVAM-6 || Micro O mint mark. Date set to left. ||
|| || 1899-O || Camera.jpgVAM-31 || Micro O mint mark. Normal Date position ||
|| || 1899-O || Camera.jpgVAM-32 || Micro O mint mark. 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 mint mark (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-8C || O/O/CC Centered,Shifted Left Rust Spots, Near Date, Clashed Obv.n,st., Polished Rev. ||
|| || 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 mint mark (Privately Made) ||
|| 97. || 1903-S || Camera.jpgVAM-2 || Small S mint mark ||
|| 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 ||

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