1921-P VAM-13 Infrequently Reeded, Doubled Stars & Date
Discovered by Martin Field, April 1985. Revised 2008.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
13 (revised) IV 8 - D1a (Infrequently Reeded, Doubled Stars & Date, Scribbling Die Scratches) I-3 R-4
Obverse IV 8- All left and right stars and date digits doubled towards rim. E PLURIBUS UNUM slightly doubled at bottom inside towards rim.
Reverse D1a - Fine die scratches in various directions on over polished tail feathers around eagle's right leg.
Die marker- IR variety 5 with strong diagonal die scratch near extra berry at top inside of right wreath.
1. In 1921 there was a different collar used to strike some coins. This collar had less reeding causing the wide reeding variety to be created. The wide reed VAMs, or infrequently reeded VAMs are available if you look for them. Stack a group of 1921-P coins and examine their edge. Any wide reeds will stand out as having "thicker" reeds and can be quickly pulled out. High grade examples are harder to come by, not because they don't exist but because they can't be cherried from slabbed holders which hide the edge of the coin. Shown here is a VAM-27A, a wide reed variety with die gouges about STATES.
2. Note - In 2008, 13A was assigned for the die stage including die gouges between S and T similar to VAMs 25A and 27A.
LVA Plate Photos:
Above photos and text courtesy of Ash Harrison.
VAM-13 has all the left and right stars doubled toward the rim. E PLURIBUS UNUM is also doubled slightly toward the inside of the rim.
Chips in ear
The doubling is very subtle so a die scratch inside the right side of the wreath is a key feature for identifying wide reeds.
Hub Defect that appears on multiple dies:
Full Coin Photos
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NGC attribules 13, but not 13A