1888-O VAM-1A3

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1888-O VAM-1A3 Clashed Obverse, Reverse BER, High O, Die Breaks R

Discovered by Bill Fivaz, May 1976. Revised 2004, 2011, 2013.
This coin is a Top 100 and WOW! Morgan VAM.
1A3 III2 1 · C3c (Clashed Obverse, Reverse BER, High O, Die Breaks R) (181) I-4 R-5
Obverse III2 1– Die crack at R widens with breaks at R, chips at the L in Liberty and displaced field break along crack on very late die states.
Reverse C3c– Medium III O mint mark set high. Clashed die with almost full raised E from LIBERTY on obverse below eagles tail feathers on left side and partial raised B at left of E and tip of R to right of E.
1. What is now listed as the VAM-1a3 is the org. listed Vam-1a1 as seen in the org plate coin from 1976.
1888-O VAM-1A Clashed E.
2. The New Orleans mint had some issues in 1888 but their errors created some great VAMs. Two of arguably best Morgan varieties emerged from that branch mint on that year: VAM-1B Scarface and the VAM-4 Hotlips. The VAM-1B Scarface die break is probably the result of a die clash, just like this coin. The dies clashed on this VAM-1A and transferred the remains of an "E" from Liberty's headband underneath the Eagle's tail feathers.


LVA Plate Photos:

1888-O VAM 1A Clashed O.jpg1888-O VAM 1A Clashed-O again.jpg1888-O VAM 1A Late Die State Break.jpg

Additional Photos:

1888o vam1a rev.jpg
In addition to the clashed E, a die break occurred on the obverse and grows over time creating a great variety. Had the spectacular Scarface not happened, this could have been considered one of the best Morgan breaks.
This die chip by the L in the LIBERTY CAP BAND is the die marker noting the Vam-1a3.
Note the large die chip and displacement when looking at this feature from 3:00 or 9:00
1888o vam1a obv.jpg

  • Note: If your coin has any Grease filled where letters of "trust" are completely missing it is probably a VAM_1a2 as no 1a3 has yet to be found with letters completely missing. However, 1a3 specimens do exist with soft letters from a grease filled die state.

JPM 1888-O VAM 1A TRUST.jpg
The area from the wing to the Motto has a line that is much stronger in hand than shown in this photo.
1888-O VAM 1A Photo 1.jpg
Specimens of VAM_1a3 do exist with soft letters of "trust" as shown in the example below.
1888-O VAM 1A Photo 2.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-1A3 Images© on loan to VAMworld [courtesy] TeletTradeLogo14.jpg®