1899-O VAM-32 Small Micro O Centered and Upright, Doubled 1 at Bottom
Discovered by Michael Fey, June 1999.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
32(revised) III222 · C3m (Small Micro O Centered and Upright, Doubled 1 at Bottom) (181) I-3 R-6
Obverse III222– Date in middle of normal lateral position with 1 slightly doubled below bottom crossbar as fine line. Bottom loop of second 9 partially filled.
Die marker– Doubled bottom of 1 in date.
Reverse C3c– Small micro I O mint mark centered and slightly high with tiny tilt to right. Slightly doubled outside edges of middle leaves in middle and next to top cluster of left wreath and middle and next to bottom cluster of right wreath.
Die marker– Heavy diagonal polishing line between eagle’s left wing and neck intersecting middle of eagle’s lowest neck feather. Higher than VAM 6 polishing line. Single fine vertical polishing line at junction of third inner and third outer feathers from bottom of eagle’s left wing.
1. This is often the hardest reverse to diagnose so it was left as the last possibility in the attribution aid. The pickup points are subtle. One marker to look for is a fine, tiny die scratch running upward and out from the third interior feather on the Eagle’s right wing as viewed.
2. There is a "smoking gun" pickup point for this variety. Some (all?) VAM-32 coins have a die crack across STATES. A break is visible at the top left of A and the die crack extends into the denticles over the second T. If this crack is present on a Micro O, it should be a VAM-32.
LVA Plate Photos:
The image below shows the date placement on the VAM-32.
A small raised horizontal line is visible under the 1.
The second 9 shows strong doubling below the upper loop.
The lower section is partially filled with raised metal.
This image shows the mint mark position on the VAM-32. The inside left of the bow is doubled.
Die chips and doubling are visible on the lower left wreath leaves.
Though very faint on the specimen used for these photographs, the VAM-32 shows faint vertical die scratches
or polishing lines on the eagle's left wing (viewer's right).
A small vertical die scratch appears in front of the eagle's eye.
Micro O compared to a normal O (note the Micro O image is not of the VAM-32)
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-32 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler