1891-O VAM-1A

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1891-O VAM-1A Clashed E Reverse

Discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.
This coin is a Top 100 and a WOW! Morgan VAM.
1A III2 1 • C3a (E on Reverse) (181) I-4 R-3
Reverse C3a - Clashed die with full E under eagle's tail feathers on left side.

  1. The die states of the 1A die pair have been catalogued as VAM 1A1, 1A2, 1A3, and 1A4. This VAM has a the strongest E clashed on the reverse of any Morgan dollar, with many other letters of LIBERTY being visible as well. In fact, the E on the reverse looks like it was actually part of the design it was so strong. This is a really cool variety well worth a substantial premium to own in AU. Mint state examples are exceptionally rare.
  2. The order in progression is
    1. VAM 1A1 Clash
    2. VAM 1A4 Clash Polishing and gouge at A
    3. VAM 1A2 Depression to Bump
    4. VAM 1A3 Terminal break on Bump with non displaced radial break from UNITED
  3. Complete progression shown here: VAM-1A1 Through 1A4
  4. A letter from Acting Mint Director Robert Preston, dated September 22, 1891, was found in 2020 (NARA RG104 E-1 Box 172) that refers to this variety as seen on coins submitted to a special assay.


  1. Letter from Preston

LVA Plate Photos

1891-O Clashed BERT.jpg1891-O VAM-1A Clashed D&O.jpg
1891-O VAM-1A-Clashed O.jpg1891-O VAM-1A Late Die Stage.jpg

Additional Photos

1891o vam1a rev.jpg
Additionally, the reverse is loaded with extra design elements transferred from the obverse die when the two dies clashed together without a planchet in the chamber.
1891o vam1a rev b.jpg
L in LIBERTY shows up on some of these.
1891-O LBERT Rev.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Full Coin VAM 1A Images © TeletTradeLogo14.jpg, used with permission. Attributed by ANACS ANACS LOGO3.jpg