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View This VAM Lot 1886-S/S VAM 2 ANACS MS62 (Lot 9029)
With its original mintage of only 750,000 the 1886-S is a very scarce date to begin with. Add to that the presence of the only significant Repunched Mintmark for 1886-S and you have a winning TOP 100 combination. As for the "S/S" mintmark, the original "S" was correctly oriented on the die, but the second application of the mintmark was tilted to the left. The result was that traces of the original are visible at the top right and bottom left of the final mintmark. With golden hues and lots of luster, Mint State VAM 2 specimens like this don’t appear often.
$253.13
View This VAM Lot 1886-S/S VAM 2 PCGS MS62 (Lot OD023)
The 1886-S/S VAM 2 is one of the few TOP 100 varieties that haven’t made it to the radar screens of collectors. Indeed, mention of the 86-S VAM 2 rarely comes up, even though the variety is quite scarce, 86-S is a great date, and the S/S Repunched Mintmark is outstanding! Even so, here is an example of this under-appreciated VAM that’s sure to thrill the buyer. Grading MS62, this VAM 2 has great luster, a solid strike and lots of eye appeal. Did we mention it’s in a PCGS holder!
$303.75
View This VAM Lot 1887-O 7/6 VAM 3 Overdate ANACS MS60 (Lot OD003)
The 1887-O VAM 3 7/6 is an integral part of any Morgan dollar set, whether the focus is on VAMs or not. It turns out that most of these went into circulation in 1887, so BU specimens are few and far between. Indeed, this Greysheet variety is listed at $140 in AU, $315 in MS60 and $23,000 in MS65! Also worth mentioning is its excellent luster, an attribute which is seldom encountered on this overdate.
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1887-O 7/6 VAM 3 PCGS AU58 (Lot 17017)
If you want a rare 1887-O 7/6 overdate for your collection and don’t want to spend a king’s ransom for it, then here is an exciting example that would fit into most Mint State collections. Nearly all coin show dealers would grade this attractive specimen as a Mint State coin, but PCGS graded it AU58. The luster is way above average, and the surfaces are outstanding. Rare in all grades.
$234.00
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 2 ANACS MS62 (Lot 30019)
This particular variety, the 1887-O VAM 2, is one of the more under-valued elements of the TOP 100 listings. Furthermore, the date itself can be elusive, so it’s a winning combination. This VAM 2 example displays excellent luster and lots of eye appeal, and is one of the few1887-O VAM 2’s we’ve offered.
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 2 PCGS AU58 (Lot 45016)
It’s surprising how seldom the 1887-O VAM 2 shows up in the marketplace. And the fact that the doubling on the date is so dramatic leads you to think they’d be found all the time, if they were in any way common. But because we don’t encounter this variety with any frequency, it’s our guess that the VAM 2 is scarcer than most collector’s realize. In terms of quality, this example shows with very little wear, and its bright, glistening luster is impressive.
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 2 PCGS MS61 (Lot 25028)
Few Morgan dollar varieties can boast of a Repunched Date to rival the 1887-O VAM 2. Indeed, the shift on the "1" and the "7" in the date is simply sensational! This specimen is a no-question Unc. with baggy surfaces consistent with the grade, but lots of luster. Of possible interest to specialists is the fact that it is a very late die state that displays worn surfaces and two clashes. Lots of coin for the money!
$123.75
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 2 PCGS MS62 (Lot 13026)
There are numerous repunched dates in the Morgan dollar series, but few are as dramatic as the 1887-O VAM 2. That’s why it was originally included in the TOP 100 listings. It’s that spectacular! The "1" and "7" of an underlying date are vividly clear, and the "7" is actually tripled! Of course, 1887-O as a date is scarce in Mint State, so PCGS MS62 is an impressive grade for the VAM 2, particularly in a PCGS holder. In fact, this is one of the few specimens we have offered for sale. Most importantly, this example would certainly reside in an MS63 holder from most other grading services. This one is white, and its lustrous surfaces display very few marks of any kind.
$269.44
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 2 PCGS MS62 (Lot 23017)
For those collectors who are attracted to dramatic varieties where the date is strongly doubled, here is the coin for you! The 1887-O VAM 2 is an integral part of the TOP 100 listings, and indeed, the remains from the underlying numerals in the Repunched Date are simply spectacular. Specifically, the "1" is doubled far to the left and the "7" is actually tripled, making this one of the most significant Repunched Date varieties in the entire Morgan dollar series. Condition-wise, this is quite a specimen, even for a PCGS MS62. It’s got lustrous surfaces, excellent detail and the "look" of a higher grade, which in the case of an 1887-O can be quite expensive.
$153.00
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 22 ANACS AU55 (Lot 16024)
The 1887-O VAM 22 displays incredible doubling on the obverse, with Liberty’s eyelid strongly doubled, along with the left-most stars and lower cotton leaf. This alone would have warranted its inclusion in the TOP 100. But it is also the earlier die state of an even more amazing variety, the VAM 22A which has the same obverse and dramatic pitting on the lower reverse. Actually, the VAM 22A was discovered first, so VAM 22 wasn’t mentioned n the TOP 100 book, but it’s actually the rarer of the two. This attractive piece grades in the upper 25 percent of the VAM 22 specimens known.
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 22A PCGS AU53 (Lot 14019)
What a combination! A major doubled eyelid on the obverse and a spectacular area of pitting on the lower reverse. The VAM 22A (being the late die state of the VAM 22 which has the same doubled die obverse but no pitting on the reverse) is one of the most interesting of the TOP 100 varieties. But because this VAM is an ultra late die state, and 1887-O silver dollars in general tend to be weakly struck, it’s difficult to get examples of the VAM 22A into a slab with a decent grade. No problem here, as this AU53 already found its way into a PCGS holder.
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 22A PCGS AU55 (Lot 46017)
John Roberts recently did a article about this variety in Coin World. Yes, the 1887-O VAM 22A is something special. And what makes it even more desirable is the fact that the VAM 22A is so hard to find in higher grades. With some scattered marks here and there, this PCGS AU55 specimen showcases the dramatic die pitting on the reverse.
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 22A PCGS AU58 (Lot 11022)
The VAM 22 is an amazing variety. It shows a strongly doubled eyelid on the obverse and the ultra late die state (VAM 22A) has a large area of spectacular die rust on the lower reverse. By the time this die pair reaches the 22A state, the coins show soft luster and weak detail. And so grading can be a problem. Here, it’s probable that 90 out of a 100 collectors, dealers & specialists would grade this one MS62. That’s what it was purchased at, and most would feel comfortable at that grade. But PCGS called it AU58, which is still a very high grade for this variety. In any case, the VAM 22A represents what VAM collecting is all about — rarity, grade and variety feature.
$135.00
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 22A PCGS AU58 (Lot 15016)
This valuable coin was a disaster for the consignor. The variety itself has a strong doubled die obverse, with Liberty’s eyelid clearly doubled. And the reverse is a great "Pitted Die," with strong pitting on the lower reverse. But the bad news for the consignor was the fact that it was purchased as a nice MS62, but came back from PCGS in an AU58 slab. (The PCGS grader apparently didn’t know this variety is always weakly struck.) In any case, this is a lot of coin for the money.
$258.75
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 22A PCGS MS61 (Lot 16025)
The buyer of this coin will undoubtedly ask why it’s in an MS61 holder. Yes, the strike is weak and the luster isn’t exactly "booming" out. But this is what this ultra-late die state looks like. Certainly, this is one of the finest this cataloger has seen! The proceeding lot is the earlier die state with the strong doubled eyelid obverse. But the "22A" shows spectacular die pitting on the lower reverse as well, which must have occurred near the end of the production run. Without question, this is an incredibly attractive example of this very rare variety.
$253.13
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 26 NGC MS63 (Lot 9033)
This "near date/doubled stars" variety is often confused with the TOP 100 VAM 5. In fact, the coin offered here was originally found in an NGC MS63 VAM 5 holder! When NGC was informed about their mistake, they gladly reholdered it. The key is the first two stars to the right of the date are lightly doubled. This inexpensive example, which is solid for the grade, would make an excellent reference coin to avoid future confusion. And the coin itself has lustrous surfaces and generous eye appeal.
$56.25
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 26 PCGS MS62 (Lot 10041)
The VAM 26 "Doubled Stars" variety is often confused with the 1887-O VAM 5. A quick and easy diagnostic to differentiate the two is the date placement. On the VAM 26, the date is set much farther to the left and is out of position. The specimen offered here is the best I’ve seen of the VAM 26, with much better luster than is customary for an 1887-O silver dollar. And adding to its cache is the fact that it’s in a premium holder.
$55.00
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 28 ANACS MS62 PL (Discovery Coin) (Lot 16023)
Here is the actual discovery coin for an intriguing new variety, the 1887-O VAM 28. First of all, it has "doubled stars" on the obverse, along with doubling on E PLURIBUS UNUM. This would be enough to get the pulse-rate up for most collectors, but it’s also a Misplaced Date variety with "18-7" in the denticles. Van Allen was impressed with this coin, and so are we! And no, it’s not in VF condition like most new discoveries. It’s in an ANACS MS62 Proof-like holder!
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 30(A) PCGS MS62 (Lot 16026)
The obverse of the 1887-O VAM 30 has, according to Van Allen, a minor Doubled Ear. This alone would not get collectors interested, but the late clashed die state, the VAM 30A, is definitely something to get excited about. Instead of a typical Clashed "E" reverse, the VAM 30A has a "Clashed TY" reverse, which is unique in the Morgan dollar series. As for the grade, Liberty’s cheek is a bit baggy, but the luster is excellent, and the overall look is good enough to warrant a PCGS MS62 grade. Nice.
$376.88
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 30A PCGS MS62 (Lot 38015)
One of the more popular sets of varieties is the "E on Reverse" Clashed Die group. All show an "E" from LIBERTY on the opposite die. But here, instead of an "E," the 1887-O VAM 30A reverse displays parts of "TY" from the obverse. And its location is also different. Rather than to the left of the ribbon bow, the "TY" is visible on top of the ribbon bow. Extremely difficult to find any better than PCGS MS62, the VAM 30A specimen offered here has the white lustrous surfaces and the "look" you’d expect on an MS63. Priced at $500 in VAMVIEW.
$315.00
View This VAM Lot 1887-O VAM 5 ANACS AU55 (Lot 11021)
Beware of problems with the 1887-O "Doubled Stars" VAM 5. Why? Many of the VAM 5 specimens in holders today are not the right variety! However, this one is the real McCoy. Here, the doubling on the stars to the right of the date is bold and dramatic, which is why the variety made it into the TOP 100. This example evidences only the slightest wear, and is unusually lustrous for the date. We feels it’s worth buying as a reference coin, if nothing else!
$56.25
View This VAM Lot 1887-P 7/6 Overdate VAM 2 NGC MS64 PL (Lot 15015)
Here is a "Big Time" coin in a "Big Time" grade! In fact, this is the first "7/6" overdate that we’ve encountered in MS64 Proof-Like! And this TOP 100 variety is not in some "third-world" slab, but rather it resides in an NGC holder. Best of all, this specimen is stunning. In fact, it has the "look" of an even higher grade, and its PL surfaces would have been MS64 DMPL only a few years ago! For those seeking the absolute best quality, here is a VAMquest coin for you!
$1,181.25
View This VAM Lot 1887-P 7/6 VAM 2 ANACS XF40 (Lot OD024)
The 1887-P "7/6" VAM 2 overdate doesn’t get much respect in lower grades, even though it is much scarcer in circulated condition than most collectors realize. Just go out and try to find a slabbed XF40, and you probably won’t come up with a single specimen in any circulated grade. In fact, it would probably be easier to locate an 88-O "Hot Lips" specimen! That said, here is a slabbed "7/6" overdate that’s an arm’s length AU50 and is so inexpensive that it’s easy to say it’s "too cheap!"
$64.13
View This VAM Lot 1887-P 7/6 VAM 2 PCGS MS62 (Lot 26015)
Overdates represent one of the most popular areas of VAM collecting, and all tend to be highly sought after varieties. And part of the allure comes from the fact that Overdate varieties seem to appeal to collectors of every U.S. coin series, and in many cases carry huge premiums. The 1887-P VAM 2 is no exception. This photo doesn’t do this coin justice, as the toning is there, but not obtrusive like this image. Hard to see here, the surfaces are, in fact, glistening with luster, and the PCGS MS62 grade is quite conservative. But isn’t that why collectors buy PCGS coins!
$328.50
View This VAM Lot 1887-P 7/6 VAM 2 PCGS MS63 (Lot 29021)
Whoa! The 1887-P 7/6 overdate is a Redbook listed variety that’s on every silver dollar collector’s Want List. And it’s not just anxious VAM specialists who want one, but the fact is that every non-variety collector needs a VAM 2 specimen to complete his silver dollar set. In terms of quality, we see these in grades up through MS62, but the availability of examples grading MS63 or higher is quite reduced. Indeed, a PCGS MS63 example like the one offered here is right in the mainstream of collector demand. Semi Proof-like surfaces and nice luster give this coin some serious sparkle.
$438.75
View This VAM Lot 1887-P 7/6 VAM 2 PCGS MS63 (Lot 36022)
This 1887-P 7/6 overdate specimen, with its splendid luster and impressive eye appeal, got our adrenaline pumping the moment we saw it. As VAM collectors, many of us love the VAM 2 overdate, because the variety feature is so clear. And this example is visually outstanding! In addition, one thing to consider is that the Greysheet value for this overdate in MS63 is $440 Bid/$480 Ask. But even in the much lower grade of MS60, the listing is for $315/$345. So, the question is: Why obtain anything less than PCGS MS63?
$421.88
View This VAM Lot 1887-P MPD 002 PCGS MS65 (Lot 18022)
We're not sure what this so-called "Misplaced Date" variety is all about, but we agree that it looks like the top of a date numeral in the denticles under the "7." Two such varieties are listed by Van Allen, but this specimen may not match either. In any case, there is something in the denticles that’s quite interesting. This specimen, which is similar to the TOP 100 1896-P VAM 19, is in an MS65 PCGS holder. This fact alone recommends it, especially at a price less than Greysheet Bid for a non-variety!
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1887-P MPD-002 ANACS MS64 DMPL (Lot 6033)
Misplaced Dates, or MPDs as they’re called, represent one of the newer areas of VAM collecting. It turns out that in a few cases, the Mint engraver inadvertently punched the date into the silver dollar die so out of position that it had to be re-done. In rare instances, the partial remains of the original date are still visible in the denticles! Only one MPD, the 1896 VAM 19, made it into the TOP 100 listings. But here is a similar variety. MPD-002 (as labeled on the ANACS holder) shows the top curve of an "8" in the denticles, under the "7." And worth noting is the fact that we haven’t heard of another MPD of any date in this lofty condition.
$208.13
View This VAM Lot 1887-P Triple Clash PCGS MS64 (Lot 9030)
Close inspection of the major clash mark located at the top inside of the right wreath shows that this reverse die clashed at least two times, and probably three. We had to get this specimen for that reason alone. However, this 1887-P example also happens to reside in a PCGS MS64 holder. So, the coin is absolute Premium Quality and we thought VAMquest bidders would like a shot at this lustrous near Gem.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1887-P Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 11018)
We loved this coin for its booming luster and MS65 reverse, and obtained it for the auction. Already in an MS63 PCGS slab, this attractive, well-struck 1887-P has liquidity written all over it! And check out the Minimum Bid.
$38.25
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 10 ANACS MS62 (Lot 7035)
Why would anyone buy an 87-P in MS62? The answer must be that the variety is interesting. And so it is. Here is a doubled date with nice doubling under the first "8." We don’t see many of these, and if you are putting together sets of complete VAM numbers, then you might like to acquire this variety. In any case, this slabbed VAM 10 is priced right!
$33.75
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 11 PCGS MS64 DMPL (Lot 10039)
If you’re an aficionado of high quality coins, then this PCGS MS64 DMPL specimen may be for you. Isn’t it true that it’s almost impossible to get DMPL designations out of PCGS these days? The result is that most of us will have to purchase DMPL examples that are already in holders. That said, this specimen with its super Repunched Date and strong doubling on "18-7" is an exciting offering.
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 12 ANACS MS64 (Lot OD146)
Ah, the famous "Alligator Eye" variety! I’ve often said that the name is better than the VAM, itself. But here is an amazing high grade specimen that is one mark away from MS65! MS62-64 examples often bring shockingly high prices on EBay, and they are not nearly the equal of this one. Lots of eye appeal here.
$73.13
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 12 NGC MS63 (Lot 21011)
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, in numismatics, a name can be worth a thousand words! Just say "Alligator Eye" and you’ll see a trail of interested collectors, even though the 1887-P VAM 12 certainly isn’t rare. That said, this NGC MS63 specimen is particularly nice, with semi Proof-Like surfaces, a frosty cheek and a reverse that’s even one or two grades higher.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 12 NGC MS63 (Lot OD202)
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, in numismatics, a name can be worth a thousand words! Just say "Alligator Eye" and you’ll see a trail of interested collectors, even though the 1887-P VAM 12 certainly isn’t rare. That said, this NGC MS63 specimen is particularly nice, with semi Proof-Like surfaces, a frosty cheek and a reverse that’s even one or two grades higher.
$90.00
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 12 NGC MS63 (Lot 35025)
It’s hard to believe that anyone would spend the money to put an 1887-P VAM 12 "Gator Eye" variety into an NGC holder with the variety on the label. As one of the most common VAMs in the TOP 100, specialists steer away from this variety. However, with a minimum reserve of only $10 the coin got us to take a second look, and what we found was a surprisingly nice NGC MS63. Yup, its frosty devices and semi proof-like surfaces seemed too good to be true. Guess the consignor was looking for a much higher grade and a PL/DMPL designation. Oops!
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 12 NGC MS63 DMPL (Lot 16022)
Ah, the "Alligator Eye" variety. Because it is a relatively common VAM, this cataloger once described it as "common as dirt!" Well, it may not be that common, but the VAM 12 is readily available in all grades up through MS64. True enough, but where the variety becomes much more interesting is in PL and DMPL. Indeed, the population thins out radically in Deep Mirror Proof-like, as VAMview lists a total of 137 VAM 12 tranactions since 1995, and only one is DMPL Now, that's rare!
$281.25
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 12 NGC MS66 (Lot 17016)
No, the MS66 grade is NOT a misprint! Here is the highest grade of the "Alligator Eye" 1887-P VAM 12 that we’ve encountered. True, it’s one of the most common TOP 100 varieties up through MS64. But the population dramatically thins out in MS65, and then in MS66, the variety is rarely, if ever, obtainable. And best of all, this coin matches the grade on the slab in every respect! It is a breath-taking specimen with frosty, unblemished surfaces on both obverse and reverse. And as a super high grade "Gator Eye," it would be an amazing upgrade for just about anybody!
$393.75
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 12A PCGS MS64 (Lot 46016)
Want a coin with a great name, lots of popularity, and is readily obtainable? Then look no further than the 1887-P VAM 12 "Alligator Eye" variety. Somehow there seems to be a brisk market in these, but in our opinion, Greysheet listings are the best way to determine value. Yes, this a very attractive coin that many would say has been undergraded by PCGS, but who cares. That said, the cost of a non-PCGS coin in 64 is about $80, the slab is $18 minimum, the attribution is $24 and the shipping can be expensive. You do the math!
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 13 ANACS MS64 (Lot 4039)
The VAM 13 has recently gained notoriety for its "Misplaced Date" variety feature, amidst a renewed enthusiasm for this segment of VAM collecting. In response, Van Allen has published a booklet devoted solely to "Misplaced Dates" in the Morgan dollar series. Getting back to the VAM 13, the top of a "7" is visible in the denticles under the second "8" in the date. But it has more going for it than just that. It is also a "Doubled Stars" variety, with the star to the right of the date showing the strongest shift. And to top it all off, the reverse of the VAM 13 is a doubled die, as well. How good is this example? It’s PQ in every sense, and if it isn’t MS65, it’s not far from it!
$50.63
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 13 ANACS MS65 PL (Lot 14018)
"Doubled Stars" varieties like this one have always been popular with VAM collectors. But they can be hard to identify in lower grades. That's why this MS65 Proof-Like example is so refreshing. All the details are there. The rims are starting to tone, Liberty’s cheek is frosty and the fields are quite reflective. Sound spectacular? Well, it is!
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 13 PCGS MS63 PL (Lot 5026)
Interested in a variety that has Doubled Stars and a "7" in the denticles? Then, you might like the 1887-P VAM 13. Defined a little more, the first two stars to the left of the date and the first four stars to the right of the date show doubling. And there’s the top of a "7" in the denticles below the second "8." As for the grade, note that the coin is in an old PCGS holder with "PL" designated on the label.
$54.00
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 14 PCGS MS64 DMPL (Lot 13025)
It’s not surprising that this coin came out of a big-time Superior Galleries Auction, as coins graded PCGS MS64 Deep Mirror Proof-Like are rarely encountered in venues other than major auctions. And this is especially true of PCGS MS64 DMPL specimens. On this specimen, the date is set to the left, but the variety is less than important, when dealing with a grade like this. For those on a quest for quality, here is an especially good starting point!
$208.13
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 16 ANACS MS65 (Lot OD035)
There was simply no way to capture the incredible luster of this coin in a photo, and what appears as a crescent of brown toning on the obverse actually has eye-catching hues of green and gold, when tilted in the light. With no significant marks, this coin lives up to the moniker, Gem BU.
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 1A Donkey Tail PCGS AU55 (Lot 13023)
For some Morgan dollar varieties the holder is more important than for others. In the case of the 1887-P VAM 1A "Donkey Tail," it’s critical. Why? Many "Donkey Tail" specimens, because they are a late die state and are often impaired, just don’t have the quality to make it to a grade higher than XF. Not so here. This example had everything it needed to get into an AU55 holder at PCGS. (No easy feat!) And as one of the key components of the TOP 100, this spectacular "Donkey Tail" specimen, with its strong die break at the base of "D" in DOLLAR, is one of the highlights of theis auction.
$1,042.88
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 1A NGC XF45 (Lot 10038)
Just mention "Donkey Tail" to a VAM collector and his pulse invariably starts pounding like a runaway train! Indeed, the VAM 1A is a major rarity and it’s a variety that’s on everyone’s Hit List! The variety’s Condition Census consists of a couple of Uncirculated coins and the rest are AU’s. So XF45 in a top tier holder is exceedingly desirable. This specimen is white and lustrous, and the holder says "VAM 1A Donkey Tail." Worth noting: The sale of a VF specimen was recorded at $610!
$534.38
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 1A PCGS XF45 (Lot 18023)
Hooray for the 1887-P "Donkey Tail" variety! Why? The presence of this super popular TOP 100 variety in an auction setting always causes a stir. And adding to its allure is the fact that the VAM 1A is one of those varieties that can be easily spotted with the naked eye, and yet it’s seldom encountered. In terms of condition, the surfaces are typical of a choice XF coin, but there’s luster peeking out from behind the dark surfaces. And this "Donkey Tail" specimen has something extra thing going for it — the coin is already in a PCGS XF45 holder! Rare and desirable.
$618.75
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 1A PCGS XF45 (Lot 45015)
Mention the phrase "Donkey Tail" to any specialist and his spike in blood pressure will be obvious. Hint: Protruding eyes, a slack jaw and a beet-red face are all clues! The 1887-P VAM 1A is on just about everybody’s Want List and it’s probably safe to say that no VAM collection is complete without an example. We know of only a couple of Mint State specimens, and these are priced in the thousands of dollars. So, a solid PCGS XF45 example like this one is the perfect fit for any collector on a budget, who is still interested in quality.
$365.63
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 1A/25A PCGS XF45 (Lot 48028)
Want to get a VAM collector's attention? Just mention you have a "Donkey Tail" variety. It has fascinated enthusiasts since the early days, and an 1887-P VAM 1A in PCGS XF45 is nothing to sneeze at, even today. That little die break on the "D" of DOLLAR makes all the difference!
$309.38
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 22 PCGS MS64 (Lot 8031)
The 1887-P VAM 22 is a more recent "Doubled Stars" discovery, with doubling on the first three stars to the right of the date, as well as doubling on the first three stars to the left. We haven’t seen this variety before, and it’s doubtful it’s ever been offered for sale. As to condition, this specimen is everything you’d expect in a high grade MS64 PCGS holder. Nice!
$46.91
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 3 PCGS MS65 PL (Lot 4038)
Sometimes a coin just grabs your attention because it is such high quality. This VAM 3 is like that! It shows a Repunched Date ("1--7") with slight doubling under the top crossbar of the "1" and strong doubling along the top of the "7." This fully Proof-Like specimen came out of a large Superior Galleries auction from 1993, and it was a show-stopper then. It still is!
$157.50
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 3A Super CD ANACS MS64 (Lot 23016)
It was the work of Mark Kimpton and his research into the most important clashed die varieties in the Morgan dollar series that put VAMs like the 1887-P VAM 3A on the map! However, it seems that the actual grades associated with many clashed die specimens are noticeably lower than their non-clashed counterparts. This probably results from the fact that clashed die varieties tend to be very late die states. This VAM 3A is a happy exception to this rule of thumb. Even the dual clashes on both obverse and reverse can’t dull the shimmering luster and smooth surfaces on this exciting MS64 example.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 5 PCGS MS63 (Lot 25027)
When the TOP 100 book was being assembled, it looked like the 1887-P VAM 5 was going to be a major rarity. Later, it turned out that the VAM 5 is scarce, but certainly not ultra-rare. Even so, it’s now clear that PCGS MS63 is a solid grade for this variety, which is usually found in grades up to MS62. In terms of condition, the specimen offered here has super luster and a hint of peripheral toning, and overall, is exceptionally attractive.
$90.00
View This VAM Lot 1887-P VAM 7 ANACS MS63 DMPL (Lot 11017)
Have you tried to get a coin into a deep mirror proof-like slab lately? If you have, you know it’s almost impossible. That’s why some smart buyers are acquiring them in holders already labeled DMPL. All we can say is that this specimen may be extremely undervalued at its Greysheet price.
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1887-S VAM 11 PCGS MS63 (Lot 17018)
Here’s one we haven’t offered before. It’s the 1887-S VAM 11, which has the same doubled "1--7" in the date as the VAM 4, but it has a different reverse. The difference is that under strong magnification the peripheral reverse lettering on the VAM 11 shows very slight doubling. But there’s no question that the attribution is correct, since this is the discovery coin! Solid for an MS63.
$708.75
View This VAM Lot 1887-S VAM 11 PCGS MS63 (Lot 38016)
The 1887-S VAM 4 is one of our favorite varieties. Its repunched date is a "Top Five" RPD in the Morgan dollar series in our opinion, and it’s no surpise that it’s part of the HOT 50 listings. Recently, it was discovered that there are actually two different reverses with this same obverse. The new variety has now been designated the VAM 11 by Van Allen, and it’s the first time we’ve been able to offer one in our auctions. The grading services are slow to catch up, so PCGS holders still say VAM 4. But here is an important VAM that few people currently own, and it’s an incredible specimen. Wonderful surfaces, lots of luster and a semi Proof-Like reverse add up to superb addition to any great VAM collection.
$393.75
View This VAM Lot 1887-S VAM 4 PCGS MS61 (Lot OD004)
The 1887-S VAM 4 with strongly Repunched Date is one of this cataloger’s favorite varieties. It is the often overlooked counterpart to the 1887-O VAM 2, and was included in the HOT 50, because it just couldn’t be left out! In any case, the VAM 4 doubled date feature is eye-popping under a loupe. The lustrous specimen here is particularly attractive, in addition to being PCGS registry ready.
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1887-S VAM 4 PCGS MS62 (Lot 13027)
Like its 1887-O counterpart, the 1887-S VAM 4 shows extreme doubling on the numerals of the date that sets it apart from other Morgan dollar "doubled dates." So, the 1887-O VAM 2 went into the TOP 100 listings and the 1887-S VAM 4 was included in the HOT 50. But not only is the 87-S VAM 4 an exciting variety, the specimen offered here is exceptional for the grade, with very few marks and a fully Proof-Like reverse.
$196.88
View This VAM Lot 1887-S VAM 5 PCGS MS63 (Lot 5027)
The VAM 5 date is set out of position to the left, but that’s not the story here. It’s the incredible quality of this 1887-S that compelled us to include it in the auction. On a scale of one to ten, the eye appeal of this specimen would be a ten! ! And the golden brown toning around the periphery of both sides serves to accent its beauty. You won’t see many 1887-S coins that look like this, even in PCGS holders.
$213.75
View This VAM Lot 1887-S/S VAM 2 ANACS MS62 (Lot 4040)
Often, on repunched mintmarks, such a small portion of the underlying mintmark is visible that it takes a bit of an imagination to visualize the RPM. That’s not the case with the 1887-S/S VAM 2, and it may be its biggest asset. In fact, there’s no question here as to the clear remains of the underlying "S" inside the mintmark. Like all San Francisco dollars from 1883 to 1889, the 1887 is relatively scarce, although the VAM 2 is often encountered. Bright luster and sharp detail bring out the best in this outstanding specimen.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1887-S/S VAM 2 PCGS AU58 (Lot 20021)
Talk about a strong "S/S" Repunched Mintmark! The 1887-S VAM 2 is one of the best, and that’s why it was a natural choice for the TOP 100. Sadly, this particular specimen was a heart-breaker, as it was purchased as an MS62, and probably would have been at least that grade in many holders other than PCGS. But here it’s an AU58. Full luster and somewhat reflective fields combine to the point most collectors would swear this is a beautiful BU coin!
$101.25
View This VAM Lot 1887-S/S VAM 2 PCGS MS63 (Lot 19019)
The 1887-S VAM 2 is an interesting variety with a clearly repunched mintmark. But what is intriguing here is the importance of grade, when it comes to rarity. The VAM 2 is quite common in circulated grades. It’s less common in MS61 and MS62, but then becomes scarce in MS63 and rare in MS64 or higher. So, this PCGS MS63 is at the pivotal point in terms of value. The coin itself is a bit grungy, but PCGS felt an MS63 grade is warranted due to a lack of marks and the underlying luster. It may not be the best VAM 2 in existence, but it’s better than the vast majority of specimens. One more point, it’s PCGS Registry ready. (By the way, a major dealer this week is listing a PCGS MS63 at $400!)
$236.25
View This VAM Lot 1887/6-O VAM 3 PCGS MS62 (Lot 33022)
Few collectors own an 1887/6-O in Mint State. Why? Although AU specimens are obtainable, the price goes up geometrically in BU. Look at this progression: AU=$140, MS60=$350, MS63=$1700, MS64=$5250 and MS65=$23,000. It’s clear that the New Orleans overdate is seldom found in Uncirculated condition, much less in Gem BU. As for this PCGS MS62 example, toning is starting to form, which accentuates the underlying creamy luster. Nice.
$1,186.88
View This VAM Lot 1888 Proof VAM 25 ANACS PF61 (Discovery Coin) (Lot 3034)
Mintage: 832. Yes, that’s right! Today, when 832,000 is a major rarity, here is a coin with an original mintage of only 832! Also, this specimen is the actual discovery coin, which was one of the first post-1878 Proof Morgan dollars to receive a VAM Number from Leroy Van Allen. This example was sent to Leroy because it displayed such a strongly repunched date "1-8-8-8." And to top it all off, it had yet another 8" in the denticles! The specimen later received a Proof 61 grade from ANACS because the surfaces are significantly hairlined, which can result on Proof coins by wiping them with nothing more than a Kleenex. Even so, the surfaces have retoned, so that this is an attractive Proof coin. And as mentioned, this is an opportunity to acquire the actual VAM Book Plate Coin specimen.
$1,068.75
View This VAM Lot 1888-O "Oval O" VAM 2 PCGS AU50 (Lot 49021)
In our opinion one of the most under-rated VAM Sets is the "Oval O" 1888 and 1889 varieties. Unlike the 1899-O "Micro O" varieties, where a specimen sold this past year for close to $50,000, the "Oval O" VAMs have yet to find an audience. We think that will ultimately change, and this 1888-O VAM 2 in a PCGS AU50 holder may be a good place to start.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1888-O "Oval O" VAM 6 PCGS AU55 (Lot 15021)
The "Oval O" varieties of 1888-O and 1889-O represent some of the most exciting VAMs in the TOP 100. And examples in PCGS AU55 or better are worth their weight in gold! The coin offered here is the 1888-O VAM 6 is particularly interesting, as it shows strong doubling along the top of the last "8." Also of interest is the current thinking that the top of another "8" is visible in the denticles! Certainly, this is a fascinating "Oval O" variety. Choice AU and ready for the PCGS Registry.
$202.50
View This VAM Lot 1888-O Hot Lips VAM 4 ANACS VF30 (Lot 13029)
Just the mention of the 1888-O "Hot Lips" variety sets the hearts of most VAM collectors pounding! And rightly so. The VAM 4 is universally considered to be the #1 Doubled Die Obverse in the entire Morgan dollar series. Not surprisingly, "Hot Lips" prices have reflected this incredible popularity, and On EBay, a low grade circulated specimen brought $600! The specimen offered here shows wear and contact on the coin’s surfaces consistent with a VF30 grade, but is actually quite attractive! Indeed, this is a nice example of this variety superstar!
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1888-O Oval O VAM 24 PCGS VF35 (Lot 25031)
It’s hard to get excited about a VF35 coin, but when it comes to the VAM 24 1888-O Oval O variety, it’s about all that’s possible to acquire. In fact, we’re not aware of a single Mint State example, and higher grade specimens are few and far between. And because the "Oval O" varieties are part of the PCGS Registry, the fact it resides in a PCGS holder is a big plus. Indeed, most of the Oval O’s are impaired or cleaned, whereas this one is undamaged, white and conservatively graded.
$101.25
View This VAM Lot 1888-O Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot 18024)
We love to include coins like this in our auctions when they become available. Why? Because they represent such a good deal for our members. This coin is everything a buyer could want in a PCGS MS64 coin, and then some! Lots of luster, a sharp strike and undeniable eye appeal combine to make it a real prize.
$87.75
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 10 PCGS MS64 (Lot 3035)
The VAM 10 represents a Slanted Date die feature, meaning that the right end of the date is further away from the rim than the left end. But this is less than important. The reason this specimen is included here is the fact that it is a simply beautiful 1888-O example in a PCGS holder. If it isn’t an MS65, it’s close to it, with a smooth frosty cheek on Liberty and superb eye appeal. Aficionados can’t resist coins like this!
$67.50
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 11 ANACS MS63 PL (Lot 6034)
Booming luster on a Proof-like obverse, and a reverse that’s MS65 and DMPL are two strong points that make this specimen worth considering. The VAM 11 variety shows doubling under the top crossbar of the "1" in the date. And the reverse is a doubled die, with doubling visible on the left wreath and ribbon bow. A few scattered marks on the obverse hardly detract from the overall "look" of the coin which is phenomenal. And the incredible Proof-Like surfaces add to the appeal.
$67.50
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 11 NGC MS64 (Lot 10042)
The VAM Book description for the 1888-O VAM 11 has been revised to include doubling on the central leaves of the left wreath on the lower reverse. As for the obverse, there is also a hint of doubling on Liberty’s nose and lips. In any case, it’s the condition of the coin that is paramount here, and this example is a lustrous beauty.
$50.63
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 13 NGC MS63PL (Lot 36027)
Those collectors with Proof-Like coins, who have recently submitted them to PCGS, NGC or ANACS, most likely received a quick dose of reality when the coins were returned without a PL designation. Some have complained that it’s easier to swim the English Channel than get PL on your holder. Well, here is one that made it, an NGC MS63 Proof-Like. Although the photo doesn’t show it because of the hint of golden toning, the obverse and reverse surfaces are fully Proof-Like. And the rest of the coin is outstanding, as well, with a smooth cheek on Liberty and a minimum of marks anywhere else on the coin. Indeed, this coin defines what eye appeal is on a Morgan dollar!
$64.11
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 15 ANACS XF40 (Lot 22021)
We normally don’t accept XF40 coins for our auctions, but the 1888-O/O VAM 15 is such a super HOT 50 rarity that we believe there are numerous collectors who need a specimen for their collections. Seldom seen in any grade, there are no known Mint State specimens, so circulated examples are all that are currently obtainable. This low end XF is undamaged and without problems, and for that reason, would be worth acquiring.
$343.13
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 17 ANACS AU55 (Lot 30021)
The 1888-O VAM 17 is one of only a few varieties struck in 1888 at the New Orleans Mint with an "Oval O" mintmark, rather than the proscribed "Round O." This anomaly has fascinated collectors for the past three decades, and demand for these varieties has grown exponentially. So, no one should be surprised that the price of these highly coveted varieties has kept up with their burgeoning popularity. This VAM 17 example shows lots of detail and is particularly nice for the grade.
$125.00
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 17 PCGS XF40 (Lot OD276)
At last, mintmark varieties are starting to get their day in the sun. By that, we mean that the values of 1888-O Oval Os, 1899-O Micro Os and 1903-S Micro S specimens have shot up over the past two or three years, and rightly so. Here we offer an 1888-O Oval O VAM 17 in a PCGS XF40 holder. The photo isn’t much to look at, but the coin is solid for XF40 or 45, and the PCGS holder makes it Registry ready.
$67.50
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 17 PCGS XF45 (Lot 44019)
When they turn up, 1888/1889 “Oval O" and 1899-O “Micro O" mintmark varieties can be expensive in today’s marketplace. But here is a Choice XF45 1888-O “Oval O" at a bargain basement price. For you mathematicians out there, the accompanying minimum reserve is actually less that the price of the attributed PCGS slab plus the current bullion value of a Morgan dollar! How’s that for a good deal!
$78.75
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 19 Discovery Coin PCGS MS63PL (Lot 13030)
Okay, let’s face it. Most discovery coins seen today either represent rather unimportant varieties or are in low grade circulated condition. This coin is neither! In fact, this variety was included in our Hit List at one point. The key variety feature for the VAM 19 is its Doubled Stars obverse, where all of the left stars and the three right stars closest to UNUM are doubled along the top surface. Over the years, such doubled die obverses have been popular with specialists, but grade is the star here. This coin has full Proof-like surfaces, and is labeled MS63 PL on the PCGS holder. And the fact that it’s the actual Discovery Coin gives this specimen unique appeal!
$680.00
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 1A ANACS MS63 (Lot 33023)
The consignor of this 1888-O VAM 1A is a real aficionado of "Clashed E on Reverse" varieties. Hand picked, this VAM 1A displays a prominent Clashed E, which was important to him. In terms of the coin’s condition, there is a hint of golden toning around the edges of the obverse and reverse, but underneath, the obverse looks like a glistening jewel. Yup, it’s as good as it sounds!
$241.88
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 1A PCGS MS60 (Lot 36024)
This 1888-O VAM 1A in PCGS MS60 wouldn’t even be included in our auction, except for one thing. It is the ultra-late die state with a huge die break on the obverse, a "Clashed E" on the reverse and most importantly, the Filled Die on TRUST. Yup, the "RU" has been obliterated. How important is it? The fact that a seller on EBay offered one for over a $1000 shouldn’t influence us, but this is certainly the first one we’ve seen. And that says a lot. Quality-wise, Liberty’s cheek shows lots and lots of contact, but the good news is that the luster is vibrant, and the coin is a no-question Mint State example. MS60 is the right grade.
$360.00
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 1A PCGS MS62 (Lot 22019)
The clashed "E" on the reverse in not the only exciting feature on this 1888-O VAM 1A. There’s a major die break on the obverse, as well! This break runs from the rim, down through the "R" of PLURIBUS and into Liberty’s head-dress. For die state fanatics, this coin is one of the latest die states we’ve seen. As usually seen, the huge die break runs through the "R," but here there are some extra lumps of metal, which lead us to believe was the end of the line for these dies! Great luster for a VAM 1A, which is way above what’s usually encountered.
$293.63
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 1B EDS PCGS MS62 (Lot 45017)
Ah, the 1888-O VAM 1B "Scarface" variety. Ash Harrison did the VAM community a favor when he researched the die progression involved in producing the VAM 1B, and the late die state is considered by most collectors to be the Number One "Die Break" variety in the entire Morgan dollar series. Here, we offer an earlier die state of this die pair, where the break runs from the rim, across the dot and out into the field. The effect is spectacular. For those who want an all-white, lustrous example of the VAM 1B die pair, this beautiful Mint State early die state specimen may be the right one for you!
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 1B EDS PCGS MS62 (Lot 46019)
Volumes have been written about the 1888-O VAM 1B "Scar Face" die progression, and the result has been skyrocketing prices for late die state specimens. But even early die state examples, like this one, have greatly benefited, as well. One suggestion: Because of the nature of the obverse die break, examples can be difficult to grade. And the upshot is that acquiring slabbed VAM 1B specimens is probably a good idea. That said, this PCGS MS62 example is attractive, with strong luster for this variety and considerable eye appeal.
$337.50
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 1B LDS PCGS MS62 (Lot 42018)
If you mention the word "Scarface" to a VAM collector, expect his eyes to bulge out and his blood pressure to spike! The reason is that the 1888-O VAM 1B is at or near the top of the venerated TOP 100 in terms of desirability. But there’s one caveat. It is only the late die state, which is super-rare and sought-after, that brings the huge money listed in the pricing guides. Hold on to your hats -- the "Scarface" specimen offered here is the Van Allen final "IB-4" die state. Originally purchased in one of my SSDC Auctions in the mid-1990’s, this "Scarface" in a PCGS MS62 holder is incredibly rare.
$5,914.13
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 1B Scarface PCGS MS62 (Lot 9034)
A drum roll please—.. It’s always a landmark VAM Sale when an 1888-O VAM 1B Late Die State Scarface variety is offered. And VAMquest Auctions is proud to present a PCGS MS62 specimen. Whoa, they don’t come much better than this! In fact, a quick look at recent transactions for the LDS VAM 1B-3 points toward a future where the "sky’s the limit." Here, a hint of golden toning frames the coin’s lustrous surfaces, and with the PCGS Registry so popular, this extremely attractive coin is "Registry ready!"
$4,500.00
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 1B-2 NGC MS64 (Lot 21016)
This 1888-O VAM 1B-2 early die state of the famous "Scarface" variety had to be withdrawn from the last auction when the bidding accelerated well past $1200. We were concerned about a price that high on a coin where the buyers might be confused about the actual variety. Let us state the case again. The coin offered here is a Stage 2 specimen with the die break cutting across the dot into the field. This coin, however, should not be confused with the super expensive "Scarface" variety, which must show the die break actually running down Liberty’s cheek to qualify as a "Scarface." That said, this high grade specimen IS amazing, with exceptionally frosty devices and lots of eye appeal. So, you be the judge—
$255.38
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 21 PCGS VF20 (Lot 19021)
Generally speaking, this cataloger doesn’t find "VF20" a very exciting grade for Morgan dollar varieties. But I’m coming around to the fact that in order to complete all of the PCGS Registry Sets, it’s sometimes necessary to accept such low grades. With this in mind, we enthusiastically agreed to handle this scarce 1888-O VAM 17 "Oval O" specimen, which is solid for the grade. And the price is certainly right, as well. The cost of the PCGS slab ($25), plus the label ($20), plus round-trip postage ($8) adds up to $53, so the coin is basically free!
$59.63
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 3 ANACS AU58 (Lot 5028)
If strong doubling on the date numerals gets you excited, then the 1888-O VAM 3 would make a good target. The "1" and the first "8" in the date are nicely doubled at the top, and the final "8" also shows doubling. The owner of this coin thought it was a BU, but it came back AU58. His loss, your gain.
$32.63
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 4 Hot Lips PCGS AU55 (Lot 9035)
VAM auctions tend to be measured by how good the best coins are. If rare varieties are offered that can’t be found anywhere else, in the grades you seldom if ever see, then you have an indicator of the kind of quality that’s represented. In this auction we offer an 1888-O "Hot Lips" VAM 4 variety in AU55. That grade would probably put this specimen in the condition census category for what is clearly the number one Doubled Die Obverse variety in the Morgan dollar series. And this gorgeous example is not is just any holder. The consignor thought this was a fabulous example, and PCGS agreed! White and highly lustrous, this legendary specimen would be the centerpiece of any VAM collection.
$2,700.00
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 4 PCGS XF45 (Lot 36025)
Just blurt out the words, "Hot Lips," and every silver dollar collector instantly knows what you’re talking about. The reason is that the 1888-O VAM 4 is the most famous Doubled Die Obverse variety in the Morgan dollar series. And condition is extremely important. Possibly one or two Mint State specimens exist, but most examples are in the Good to Very Fine range. That puts this PCGS XF45 in the upper percentiles, when it comes to relative rarity. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to stick with PCGS holders for this particular variety. The late die state coin offered here is a choice XF, with nice luster and a small cud die break under the 2nd "8" of the date.
$421.88
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 4 PCGS XF45 (Lot 37026)
In numismatics, XF45 tends to be a pivotal grade, since there are a few "good" coins with bright luster in that grade, and lots of "bad" ones that are dark and unattractive. And in regards to the 1888-O "Hot Lips" variety, XF45 is an especially important grade point. Not only does the PCGS "Hot Lips" specimen offered here pass the test with flying colors, it shines with abundant luster. And its strong detail would suggest a grade of AU50 in the eyes of most collectors. All we can say is that here is quality seldom seen at this grade level.
$393.75
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 6 ANACS MS63 Oval O (Lot 11026)
You probably think this must be a misprint, but it’s not! Yup, we’ve got an ANACS MS63 Oval O VAM 6 in this VAMquest auction, and it is undoubtedly one of the highest graded 1888 Oval O specimens known! Oval O specimens are bringing huge premiums, and along with the 1899 Micro Os, are some of the hottest varieties in the TOP 100. Here, both obverse and reverse are semi proof-like, which we’ve never seen before, and Liberty’s cheek is smooth, peeking out through the golden brown toning. This specimen has few, if any, significant marks and is spectacular by any measure. The phrase, "a once in a lifetime opportunity" comes to mind!
$1,012.50
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 6 Oval O ANACS AU55 (Lot 9036)
Considering the fact that BU examples of any 1888-O Oval O variety are scarcer than hen’s teeth, high end AU’s are basically top-of the-line. Here we offer a VAM 6 with Oval O mintmark, with its strongly doubled "6" in the date serving as the major diagnostic. Under magnification there’s significant contact on this specimen, but the luster is outstanding and at arm’s length, this coin might be mistaken for a BU.
$90.00
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 8 ANACS MS64 (Lot 8033)
We couldn’t pass up this stunning 88-O specimen, as it would translate into an MS64 in anybody’s holder. In fact, it would be MS65 in most! The "look" of this coin is simply breath-taking with its smooth, frosty surfaces, a clean cheek on Liberty, and almost no marks to speak of. They don’t get any better than this. Oh yes, the mintmark placement makes this a VAM 8. On second thought, forget the variety. This eye-catching coin is simply gorgeous.
$51.75
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 9 PCGS MS61 (Lot 11027)
Talk about conservative grading! This one would mot likely be in anyone else’s MS63 holder, and you still might say it’s undergraded at that level! We’re not sure what they saw here, but if you don’t think this is a gorgeous specimen that’s better than MS61, then send it back! The luster is great and the fields are somewhat reflective. Nice.
$79.88
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 9 PCGS MS64 (Lot 9037)
Here is a high grade 1888-O VAM 9 that’s part of the TOP 100 and PCGS Registry ready. The VAM 9 is well known for its clear, heavy doubling on the wreath leaves to the right of the ribbon bow on the reverse. Of importance here, the surfaces are basically mark-free and the luster is exceptionally smooth and even. In fact, we believe you simply couldn’t do better than this specimen for the grade.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 9 PCGS MS64 (Lot 29023)
A quick look at the 1888-O VAM 9 reverse clearly shows why it was included in the original TOP 100 listings. Simply put, it’s a breath-taking doubled die. The doubling on the extreme right side of the reverse has caught the imagination of VAM collectors for three decades. What’s truly remarkable is the fact that VAM 9 specimens are sometimes encountered with breath-taking, unmarked surfaces. True to form, this stunning coin could easily grade MS65. Oh, if only 8-TF Morgans looked like this!
$157.50
View This VAM Lot 1888-O VAM 9 PCGS MS64 (Lot 46020)
From what we were told, this 1888-O VAM 9 specimen was submitted to PCGS several times, as the consignor was sure it was a higher grade. Oh well, "hope springs eternal" is the old expression. No matter, even though it’s difficult to photograph, this is an extremely attractive coin. As a variety, the VAM 9 has a remarkable doubled die reverse that propelled it into the original Top 100 listings. So, for those looking for a breath-taking 1888-O specimen, whether you’re interested in the variety or not, this VAM 9 would fit the bill.
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1888-O/O VAM 15 PCGS AU53 (Lot 36026)
We consider the 1888-O VAM 15 one of the "Sleepers" of the HOT 50 listings. Why? It’s incredibly rare in any grade (VAMVIEW has it at $300 in VF condition!), and PCGS has graded only one Mint State coin, an MS61. So, this attractive AU53 is up near the top of the census. As for the all-important question of condition, this coin looks like an AU55, with abundant luster and strong detail. In fact, this is precisely the kind of coin that was called a BU "slider" in the old days. This frosty, premium-quality example of the VAM 15 is super impressive for the grade.
$956.25
View This VAM Lot 1888-O/O VAM 15 PCGS AU53 (Lot 38018)
Talk about a "sleeper" in the HOT 50 Morgan dollar Set. The 1888-O VAM 15 with its dramatic "O/O" repunched mintmark is so seldom seen, it remains under the radar of many collectors. But in the long run that could change when it becomes widely known just how rare it is! Consider this: PCGS lists a total of 23 examples in grades of VF to AU, and one BU! In other words, only 24 collectors can currently own one of the PCGS VAM 15 specimens. Reflecting this rarity, VAMVIEW lists an AU50 at $1000.
$759.38
View This VAM Lot 1888-P Bass Collection PCGS MS62 (Lot 7037)
At the highest echelons of coin collecting, the pedigree of a coin becomes increasingly important. And when a legendary collector is known to have owned it, the provenance adds lots of value. Enter the famous Bass Collection. It was so significant to values that PCGS was willing to place his name on the holder. Here we have a piece of history with a Morgan dollar from the Bass collection. You probably couldn’t find one of these anywhere else!
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1888-P Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 21012)
Here’s one we just couldn’t resist picking up. It’s an 1888-P in an old PCGS "rattler" holder. Indeed, this specimen is the "Poster Child" for why collectors today love PCGS coins. The luster is superb, the detail is sharp, there are no major bagmarks to detract, and at arm’s length, this coin might be confused with an MS65 specimen! Pardon the hyperbole, but grading this coin MS63 is like calling a Caribbean sunset a little bit colorful!
$40.50
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 11 PCGS MS63 (Lot 44018)
The 1888-P VAM 11 is one of the more common TOP 100 listed varieties. It seems that after the book was written, more showed up than expected. That said, any attractive TOP 100 VAM in a PCGS MS63 holder has a cache that warrants attention. Price-wise, a raw non-variety MS63 of this date is currently listed in the Greysheet at $58/$63, so the question is this: what is a TOP 100 specimen in a attributed PCGS MS63 holder worth? The attribution on the label alone probably cost somebody $24. Best of all, this VAM 11 has super luster and is premium quality in every sense.
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 11A ANACS MS63 (Lot OD327)
Doubled Die varieties in most U.S. coin series rule the roost, but not so in the VAM world. Here, die breaks and other types of varieties get most of the attention. Even so, this 1888-P "Doubled Ear" VAM 11 is now firmly on the radar of collectors, and in particular, the late die state VAM 11A with its strong clashed dies has lots of followers. Here, golden toning around the periphery and super frosty surfaces set this example apart. Nice and original.
$101.25
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 11A ANACS MS64 (Lot 7038)
As a strong "Doubled Ear" variety, the VAM 11 is an interesting variety. That’s especially the case since Van Allen has written an entire monograph about the 1889-P "Doubled Ear" varieties, none of which are as strong as this TOP 100 1888-P example. But there’s more: This high grade specimen is also the late die state with strong die clashing, which is now known as the VAM 11A. As an R-5 rarity, this clashed die pair is exceptional. And the smooth, unblemished cheek makes this a truly spectacular MS64.
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 11A PCGS MS65 (Lot 28018)
This cataloger has always been impressed with the 1888-P VAM 11A "Doubled Ear" variety. The reason is that Liberty’s ear is so strongly doubled, and some less dramatic varieties from various other dates seem to enjoy more of the glory. At least, the VAM 11/11A made it into the TOP 100 listings, so it’s popular across a wide spectrum of collectors. But what’s really impressive here is the superb quality. Hold this specimen in your hand and it looks "perfect," with incredible frost and a consistent lack of marks.
$202.50
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 11A PCGS MS65 (Lot 29022)
In the "old days" any 1888-P Doubled Ear VAM 11 was quite desirable. But now that VAM research has reached astonishing levels, everyone now wants a VAM 11A, which is the late die state clashed version. The problem is that it’s often much more difficult to acquire LDS examples in the same high grades. Here’s the exception -- a PCGS MS65 specimen that could set your heart on fire. This frosty jewel has everything going for it, including amazing luster and the smoothest cheek on Liberty you’ve ever seen!
$191.25
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 12(A) PCGS MS62 (Lot 12037)
Here is a late die state 1888-P VAM 12 for "clashed die" aficionados that shows amazing clashing on both sides of the coin. In particular, not the shift in clash marks under the "n" of in which runs down to the wing on the upper reverse. What a shift! As for the coin itself, this lustrous MS62 would be your local dealer’s MS63. And best of all, it’s in a PCGS holder. A HOT 50 listing.
$163.13
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 15 ANACS MS62 (Lot 8032)
Here is a fascinating variety in which the last "8" in the date shows two vertical curves inside the lower loop, which indicates another underlying "8"! This is only the second VAM 15 specimen this cataloger has seen in more than 25 years, so, my assumption is that it’s quite rare. Moreover, you and I know that all MS62’s are not created equal. This lustrous example is one of the really good ones! And the buyer paid $85 for it years ago.
$50.63
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 16 ANACS MS64 (Lot 24019)
The HOT 50 listings include a generic listing for 1888-P varieties with doubled die reverses. Here, the VAM 16 displays doubling along the base of all the design elements of the central lower reverse, including the ribbon bow, the wreath on both sides of the ribbon bow, the top inside of the "E" in ONE, and even a hint of doubling on the two left-most tail-feathers! Best of all, the coin’s condition is outstanding, with Liberty’s cheek basically free of marks, smooth and even luster everywhere, and the "look" of a coin that meets the high standards of Gem BU. Sound spectacular? It is!
$101.25
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 18 PCGS MS62 (Lot 11025)
We’ve always considered the 18888-P VAM 18 to be one of the "Rodney Dangerfield" coins of the HOT 50 set. It doesn’t get much respect! Even so, this "doubled eyelid" variety can be difficult to find, and is important in completing the set. Excellent luster on both sides of the coin is the main quality here, and the fact that it’s in a PCGS is a major plus.
$121.49
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 18 PCGS MS63 (Lot 12038)
The 1888-P VAM 18 "Doubled Eyelid" variety is usually found in low grade UNC condition, but the population thins out by the time you reach MS63. In fact, most of the specimens we encounter wouldn’t make into a PCGS holder in even MS60. So, this is a excellent opportunity for anyone putting together a Registry set to acquire a first-rate example for their collection. You certainly wouldn’t find a specimen like this one at a coin show marked less than MS64 or even MS65. Outstanding in every respect!
$146.24
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 18 PCGS MS63 (Lot 25029)
It seems that the 1888-P VAM 11 and 11A get all the accolades, but actually the 1888-P VAM 18, in our opinion, is much more desirable. On this HOT 50 specimen, Liberty has a strongly doubled eyelid, and although there may be enough contact on Liberty’s cheek to warrant a MS63 grade, we’ll bet that anyone with 20/20 vision would call this one a fabulous MS64. Dazzling luster and lots of eye appeal.
$180.00
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 18 PCGS MS63 (Lot 46018)
The 1888-P VAM 18, with its strongly doubled eyelid, is a Hot 50 variety that receives little or no respect. It may be the Rodney Dangerfield of the Hot 50 set. After all, the variety feature is outstanding and the variety, while not a major rarity, is certainly more difficult to find that most people think. With bright luster and nice surfaces, this PCGS MS63 example will certainly delight the buyer.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 18 PCGS MS64 (Lot 26016)
The TOP 100 listings include two 1888-P varieties, the VAM 11 and the VAM 18. Sadly, both are often tarred with the same brush, as the VAM 11 is somewhat common, while the VAM 18 is much, much scarcer. So, while MS64 would not be an unusual grade for the VAM 11, it IS an extremely high grade for the VAM 18. One look at the photo here gives some idea of the quality of this specimen. Splendid in every respect, the surfaces are white and literally dripping with mint frost. Scarce and desirable.
$135.00
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 19 NGC MS64 (Lot 15019)
As a date, 1888-P is often encountered with subdued luster, week strike, and generally "blah" look. Well, here is the exception! This coin is simply breath-taking. And the VAM 19 displays doubled left stars, which means this one is nice doubled die. Wonderful luster and lots of eye appeal make this specimen a worthwhile addition to any collection.
$63.23
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 19 PCGS MS62 (Bass Collection) (Lot 16027)
Having sold one of these 1888-P VAM 19 specimens in an earlier VAMquest auction, here is the second and last of the run. Bass was one of most prominent coin collectors of all time, and his famous name appears on the PCGS holder. What is a VAM 19? It shows doubled left stars and the date slants upward to the right. But the key here is the historical significance of owning a piece from the famous Bass Collection. Imagine what this would bring on EBay!
$90.00
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 26 PCGS MS62 Bass Collection (Lot 2039)
Here’s a rare variety, listed as R-6 in the VAM book, that few specialists have ever seen! It displays a doubled die reverse and an unusual die gouge that’s visible on the obverse. Specifically, look at the right side of the right cotton boll and you’ll see a raised line of metal that runs into the adjoining cotton leaf. Not only is the VAM 26 rare, but this PCGS holder indicates its pedigree is the famous Harry Bass collection, which produced millions of dollars when sold at auction. If you like shimmering luster, conservative grading, rarity and a famous pedigree, then this may be a rare opportunity!
$129.38
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 26 PCGS MS64 (Lot 17019)
Most collectors would not be familiar with an 1888-P VAM 26, but they would recognize its importance as potentially part of the HOT 50 "Doubled Reverse" listings. The point is that the VAM 26 is not currently attributed by PCGS, but that could change in the future, since we anticipate the fomal inclusion of ALL "Doubled Reverse" 1888-P varieties dated into the HOT 50. Only the smallest marks here and there and nice luster.
$146.25
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 3 PCI MS65 (Lot OD203)
Sometimes collectors like to acquire a specimen with some unusual attribute for reference purposes. And so it is here, with the date set as far to the left as any in the Morgan dollar series. In fact, the left side of the "1" is about as near to Liberty’s neck as it’s possible to get! But best of all is the state of preservation for this MS65 specimen. The coin has eye appeal, and smooth, lustrous surfaces which are beginning to tone.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 36 PCGS MS63 (Lot 23018)
It seems that collectors have become increasing interested in "Doubled Ear" varieties, since the release of the HOT 50 book which included a category for the 1889-P "Doubled Ear" VAMs. The "Doubled Ear" offered here is the 1888-P counterpart of those varieties. For you clashed die enthusi asts, another interesting feature here is the out-of-register clash marks on both obverse and reverse. This example, which is in a PCGS MS63 holder, has pleasingly lustrous surfaces and "out-of-this-world" eye appeal.
$90.00
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 4 PCGS MS62 (Lot OD005)
The PCGS label says it all: "HOT 50 — PCGS MS62 — VAM 4 — Doubled Reverse." This is the first time we’ve offered one of these and it’s a beauty! Booming luster and nice detail accentuate its appeal. Interestingly, this is the first time we’ve had one of these HOT 50 VAM 4 varieties to offer for sale in our auctions.
$78.75
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 4 PCGS MS63 (Lot OD071)
1888-P is an interesting date with its array of doubled die reverses. All are a part of the HOT 50 listings. Worth noting, this spectacular VAM 4 example is in a PCGS holder with the attribution on the label. The cost of that alone is more than $40. Plus you’re dealing with a premium coin. In any case, this should be an exciting coin to a lot of collectors.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 4(A) PCGS MS62 (Lot 13028)
Sometimes it’s the variety and sometimes it’s the particular specimen that grabs your attention. In the case of this 88-P VAM 4, there is clear doubling on the bottom insides of the letters of UNITED STATES on the reverse. This Doubled Die Reverse insured its position in the HOT 50 set. But it’s the fact that the reverse shows quintupled doubling (5x) on the inside of the left wreath that fascinated us. We don’t recall seeing anything similar. In any case, the luster is outstanding for this late state variety, and Liberty’s cheek is remarkably smooth.
$163.13
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 6 ANACS MS61 (Lot 21014)
The strong doubling on the lower left reverse of the 1888-P VAM 6 is dramatic. In particular, the letters in UNITED show spectacular doubling toward the rim, as well as the star to the left of UNITED. Although an ANACS MS61 can indicate a thoroughly thrashed example, in this case, the VAM coin specimen is actually much nicer than you would expect. Specifically, the luster is excellent and Liberty’s cheek is only a mark away from MS63.
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 7D ANACS MS61 (Lot 21015)
Here is an interesting late die state sub-variety that’s seldom offered for sale, the 1888-P VAM 7D. As expected, there is roughness around all the reverse design elements on this specimen, indicating that the die was rapidly wearing out. In addition, there are added die polishing lines above the junction of the olive branch and the arrows on the reverse. This VAM 7D example is better than you would expect for the grade, and did I mention the Minimum Reserve for this slabbed and labeled coin is $45?
$118.13
View This VAM Lot 1888-P VAM 8 NGC MS62 (Lot 15018)
This may be one of the nicest MS62’s we’ve seen, considering it’s overall attractiveness and a reverse that’s MS65. A sharp strike and lots of luster add to the equation. And oh yes, it’s a VAM 8 where the date slants way up to the right. So, what is an 1888-P in MS62 worth? Bidders will be the judge.
$41.74
View This VAM Lot 1888-S VAM 13 PCGS MS63 (Lot 26019)
"A drum roll please—— Ladies and Gentlemen, the official SSDC Coin-of-the-Year for 2007, the 1888-S VAM 13!" When the applause finally dies down, it will be clear that super die gouges on Liberty’s breast characterize this amazing reverse. It’s a case of Die Gouges Gone Wild! In fact, the VAM 13 is among the most interesting varieties showcased in the soon-to-be-released HIT LIST 40 Attribution Guide. And there’s more. This particular specimen, which has incredible mint frost for a rare date like the 1888-S, is simply stunning. Good looks, rarity and amazing variety features all combine to make this one ultra-desirable.
$393.75
View This VAM Lot 1888-S VAM 13/1A PCGS MS65 (Lot 25032)
The 1888-S VAM 13 is not only an amazing die variety, it’s an "award winner." Yes, in 2007 the Society of Silver Dollar Collectors named the VAM 13 "Variety of the Year." Everyone agreed that the numerous die gouges on the reverse were so fantastic, its semi-official moniker became the "Monster Die Gouge" variety! True enough, the Gouges on the reverse die are so prominent that they appear to be part of the intended design, and the harder you look, the more you see! But there’s more to the story. This VAMquest Auction specimen is in the highest grade we’ve ever seen. After all, the 1888-S is rare in its own right, particularly in extreme grades, and this VAM 13 example is holdered in a PCGS MS65 slab. Dazzling in every respect, we’ll bet you couldn’t do better than this one!
$2,981.25
View This VAM Lot 1888-S VAM 1B ANACS AU55 (Lot 24021)
You’ve got to hand it to the San Francisco Mint when it comes to quality coinage in the 1880’s. From 1880-S and 1881-S to 1889-S, the coins tend to be the best silver dollars struck at any Mint. 1888-S was no exception, and here we have an 1888-S VAM 1B "Pitted Die" variety, with strong design details, even wear and contact, and strong luster. Few would argue if we called this an AU58!
$191.25
View This VAM Lot 1888-S VAM 1B(6A) PCGS AU58 (Lot 49022)
The 1888-S VAM 1B, which shows strong pitting to the left of the ribbon bow on the reverse, is both rare and desirable. And the fact that it's part of an interesting die progression should add to its popularity in the future. Offered here is an attractive, late die state PCGS AU58 specimen, which catalogs at $420.
$399.38
View This VAM Lot 1889-O "Oval O" VAM 2(A) PCGS MS62 (Lot 13031)
The 1889-O "Oval O" VAM 2(A) is so rare that the first question on your mind is probably whether this is a true Mint State specimen. Why? MS62 is in an impossible grade for any 88-O or 89-O "Oval O." And your second question is probably this: Will it crossover into a PCGS holder? The answer to both questions is "yes," as it's already in a PCGS slab!!! At this grade level, the specimen offered here is exquisitely rare. Indeed, few collectors have ever seen an MS62 example, since XF and AU examples are the rule, and BU specimens are unheard of. As for condition, note that there's musky toning on both sides of this coin, so you'd want it in a PCGS holder. And here it is! We're proud to offer such a landmark variety!
$1,575.00
View This VAM Lot 1889-O VAM 1A PCGS AU53 (Lot 26021)
Most VAM collectors will probably go their entire hobby careers and never see an 1889-O VAM 1A of this quality. Ultra-rare as a major "Clashed E" variety that tops many Want Lists, the VAM 1A is sometimes encountered in low grades. But it’s safe to say that AU specimens, particularly in PCGS holders, are exceedingly few and far between. This outstanding example, which is quite lustrous for the grade, has lots of eye appeal, and undoubtedly represents a rare opportunity for the specialist.
$815.63
View This VAM Lot 1889-O VAM 2(A) PCGS MS61 (Lot 44020)
The 1889-O VAM 2/2A “Oval O" variety is the only die pair with “Oval O" mintmark known for that date. Originally, the double clashed version was designated the VAM 17, but upon closer examination, this writer contacted Van Allen with the news that one was actually the late die state of the other! Now, there’s a VAM 2 and a VAM 2A. The breathtaking specimen offered here was originally purchased as an MS64, and the owner was unpleasantly surprised by the PCGS MS61 grade. But we certainly agree that the coin is better than the designated grade would suggest. In any case, super conservative grading and boat-loads of eye appeal make this one an astounding deal for the buyer.
$376.88
View This VAM Lot 1889-O VAM 2A ANACS MS61 (Lot 32021)
Using a left-over "Oval O" mintmark punch from the 1879-1884 era, the 1889-O VAM 2/2A is the only known die pair to have an "Oval O" in 1889. And as the later die state, the VAM 2A displays strongly doubled clash marks. In terms of availability, any "Oval O" mintmark variety from 1889 is scarce in lower grades, rare in XF and AU, and ultra-rare in Mint State. For the sake of perspective, PCGS has slabbed a total of only sixteen BU examples , so this miniscule number must satisfy the demands of hundreds, if not thousands, of VAM collectors. Talk about future potential!
$393.75
View This VAM Lot 1889-O VAM 2A PCGS AU55 (Lot 35026)
Collectors are amazed to learn that only one set of dies produced all the known 1889-O silver dollars with the highly sought-after "Oval O" mintmark. This style of mintmark was first used from 1879-1884, and it somehow found its way onto one reverse die in 1889. This anomaly was designated the VAM 2/2A by Van Allen, and it’s on everyone’s hit list, meaning that just about every 1889-O that enters the marketplace is checked to see if it has an "Oval O" mintmark. Even so, remarkably few have surfaced in AU or above. All this makes the PCGS AU55 VAM 2A offered here that much more desirable. Note that this lustrous specimen is the late die state with evidence of at least two clashes. PCGS Registry ready.
$219.38
View This VAM Lot 1889-O VAM 6 PCGS MS63 (Lot 35027)
Here’s a TOP 100 variety that is rarely encountered, yet seems to generate very little "buzz" among VAM collectors. Well,the 1889-O VAM 6 just doesn’t seem to get the respect it deserves. Maybe the reason is that there are too many other 1889-O varieties that have hogged the spotlight. Whatever, this VAM 6 in a PCGS MS63 holder is one of the best we’ve seen. Its abundant eye appeal and dazzling surfaces should excite even the most jaded VAM specialist. [Note: L&C Coins is advertizing an 89-O VAM 6 in PCGS MS63 this week for $500.]
$365.63
View This VAM Lot 1889-P VAM 14 ANACS MS62 (Lot 7039)
The 1889-P VAM 14 shows minor doubling on the "1—9" in the date, but the quick-and-dirty diagnostic is the die chip between the loops on the right side of the first "8." No one is going to get too excited about this variety, but the coin is particularly attractive for the grade. Cheap at twice the price!
$28.13
View This VAM Lot 1889-P VAM 16 NGC MS63 (Lot 5029)
Ah, the "Doubled Ear" varieties. Some specialists have made a career of these, and a book is in the works to identify them. The VAM 16 was one of the best of its kind, and was included in the HOT 50 listings. The VAM 16 not only has a doubled ear, the right stars are doubled, as well. And to lock in the attribution, the date should be set out of position to the right. Here we have booming luster and just a hint of golden toning near the edges. Nice.
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1889-P VAM 16 PCGS MS64 (Lot 18025)
Ah, the Doubled Ear varieties of 1889. There are a slew of them, but most are currently considered generic. Not so with the VAM 16, which is now specifically included in the HOT 50 listings at PCGS. And this specimen, which is covered with heavy white luster, deserves its high grade at PCGS. Indeed, it has smooth surfaces and the detail is outstanding.
$191.25
View This VAM Lot 1889-P VAM 19A ANACS MS63 (Lot 33024)
The 1889-P VAM 19A "Bar Wing" variety has been popular with collectors for decades. The Die Break sitting atop the eagle’s right wing was most likely caused by clashing, which weakened the die. And the unintentional result is astounding. The specimen offered here is top quality, with considerable mint frost and surfaces that show only the slightest contact. Really nice!
$247.50
View This VAM Lot 1889-P VAM 19A PCGS MS62 (Lot 42019)
With the boat-load of 1889-P varieties presently considered collectible, the VAM 19A is easily lost in the shuffle. Known as the "Bar Wing" variety, along with its VAM 22 counterpart, the VAM 19A has been on the Want Lists of VAM collectors for as long as I can remember. Damage to the die as a result of clashing was most likely the initial cause of this dramatic die break, and finding an attractive specimen like this one has always been a cause of excitement.
$163.13
View This VAM Lot 1889-P VAM 22 PCGS MS63 (Lot 26020)
The 1889-P VAM 22 "Bar Wing" variety was an extremely popular variety in the original TOP 100 listings, and shares its Die Break reverse with the equally desirable VAM 19A. The VAM 22 is usually seen in circulated grades up to MS61, and a PCGS MS63 specimen is about as rare as hen’s teeth. Frosty and original, this "Bar Wing" example would undoubtedly help some specialist’s set on the PCGS Registry, since the VAM 22 is so hard to find this nice.
$216.38
View This VAM Lot 1889-P VAM 28A PCGS AU50 (Lot 42020)
The 1889-P VAM 28A is notable for its Doubled Ear Obverse and its Pitted Reverse, and the combination was dramatic enough to make it into the Hit List 40. But rather than extol its virtues, we’ve decided to list this PCGS AU50 specimen at the approximate cost of its bullion melt value and let the bidders decide its actual value.
$57.38
View This VAM Lot 1889-P VAM 32 ANACS MS63 (Lot 21017)
When the HOT 50 listings were created, and the 1889-P "Doubled Ear" varieties were included, no one knew just how many different "Doubled Ear" varieties would ultimately come to light. Now, more than 25 different VAMs have been catalogued by Van Allen, including the VAM 32 offered here. It’s unclear how rare the VAM 32 is, but the VAM supplement does list it as a Rarity-5. As for the example offered here, there are numerous small bagmarks on Liberty’s cheek, but the central devices are quite frosty, and surface contact is limited elsewhere.
$52.88
View This VAM Lot 1889-P VAM 5A PCGS AU53 (Lot 38019)
This scarce member of the Hit List 40 created quite a stir when collectors first tried to find it. And although prices went crazy for a time, they’ve settled down now to a much more moderate level. To be specific, this cataloger originally paid $400 for an AU, but now the 1889-P VAM 5A with Pitted Reverse is listed in the VAMVIEW at $250 in AU(50). And the PCGS AU53 offered here is even cheaper. Yes, it has a few stray marks which keep it from a higher grade, but the surfaces are lustrous, the strike is strong, and the circulation wear is at an absolute minimum. Nice and affordable.
$185.63
View This VAM Lot 1889-S VAM 6 PCGS MS63 (Lot 31017)
What a beautiful coin! We were planning to list this 1889-S as unattributed, since it was consigned without a VAM designation, but it appears to be a VAM 6. What’s more important here is that 1889-S is a very scarce date, with a miniscule original mintage of only 700,000 silver dollars struck at the San Francisco Mint. And collector demand is intense. If you’re looking for an outstanding 1889-S specimen in an MS63 PCGS holder for your collection, this lustrous jewel may be the one!
$275.63
View This VAM Lot 1889-S/S VAM 7 ANACS MS63 (Lot 11028)
Everyone knows that the 1889-S is a much better date, but many collectors are surprised to learn that the 89-S had a total original mintage of only 700,000! Maybe that’s the reason there are no 1889-S varieties in the TOP 100 or HOT 50 listings -- there just weren’t enough dies to produce lots of interesting varieties. But if an 1889-S variety were to be added to a future list, the VAM 7 might be a good candidate with its "S/S" Repunched Mintmark. On this specimen with its typical S-Mint splotchy toning, Liberty’s cheek is smooth, and the overall "look" is surprisingly attractive.
$219.38
View This VAM Lot 1889-S/S VAM 7 PCGS MS63 (Lot 6035)
Here’s a coin that has everything going for it! First of all, this is the first time we’ve seen this dramatic "S/S" Repunched Mintmark offered for sale. It’s undoubtedly scarce. Secondly, the remains of the underlying "S" in the mintmark are clearly visible inside the top recess of the primary mintmark. Thirdly, the 1889-S is a very scarce date in its own right, with an original mintage of only 700,000! And lastly, this specimen is in a PCGS MS63 holder. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the reverse is Deep Mirror Proof-Like!
$309.38
View This VAM Lot 1890-CC VAM 4 "Tailba... PCGS MS63 (Lot OD049)
Here’s a killer coin in a killer grade! The ultra-popular 1890-CC "Tailbar" is all the rage with both VAM collectors and non variety collectors, alike. Why? The huge die gouge feature running between the tail-feathers and the wreath on the lower reverse is the stuff of dreams. It’s bold and dramatic, and it gets instant recognition. No wonder pricing guides list the base price of an MS63 "Tailbar" at $3500. And the gorgeous example here is not just any MS63. No, it’s in a PCGS MS63 slab! How rare is the "Tailbar" in this grade? Listen to this: PCGS has currently graded only three MS63 specimens and only one MS64. That’s it!!!! Rarity and Beauty are a divine combination!
$3,206.25
View This VAM Lot 1890-CC VAM 4 PCGS MS62 (Lot 40015)
Not only is there feverish demand for the famous 1890-CC "Tail Bar" variety by VAM collectors, even non-variety silver dollar specialists appreciate this Morgan dollar variety. Why? Besides being scarce and desirable, it’s the incredible variety feature that’s so easily seen by the naked eye that hooks collectors. One caveat: Small differences in grade can result in huge differences in price, and only premium examples bring the prices that are commonly listed for the VAM 4. Fortunately, this attractive PCGS specimen meets that criteria for absolute premium quality.
$2,025.00
View This VAM Lot 1890-O Rotated Dies ANACS AU50 (Lot 13033)
Every U.S. coin series can boast of a few coins with "Rotated Dies," but all are ultra-rare and highly sought-after. Note that "Rotated Dies" is the correct designation for error coins such as this, since the old label of "Rotated Reverse" doesn’t take into account that either die could be the one that actually rotated in the coining press. But since most "Rotated Dies" specimens grade no better than VF, this slabbed AU50 is extremely desirable. Furthermore, 1890-O as a date is a major rarity for this kind of error. So, the minting error offered here has everything going for it, including rarity of the type of error, rarity as a date and rarity as to condition. This breathtaking specimen is simply amazing!
$281.25
View This VAM Lot 1890-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 DMPL (Lot 49024)
This is a coin we just couldn't resist! And what makes it so special is not the variety, but the fact that it is an 1890-O in a PCGS MS63 DMPL holder. Many collectors have never seen one in this particular grade! Here is spectacular quality in a PCGS holder at a price that is, in our opinion, WAY under-valued.
$411.75
View This VAM Lot 1890-O Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot OD016)
1890-O is an incredibly undervalued coin in higher grades. And while it’s encountered in lower Uncirculated levels, the population thins out dramatically in correctly graded MS63’s and MS64’s. The Greysheet lists MS65 at $1050! This specimen was hand-picked out of more than a roll quantity of 1890-O coins, and it’s one of the finer specimens we’ve seen. PCGS didn’t want to go MS65, but a case could be made that the "look" of the coin is GEM BU MS65. Outstanding luster and almost no marks make this one a PCGS monster!
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1890-O VAM 10 NGC MS63 (Lot 19022)
Ah, the 1890-O "Comet" variety! It’s been a popular VAM since the early days of Morgan dollar variety collecting. And it enjoys a whimsical name, based on the diagonal die gouges to the right of the date. Even in today’s market, nice specimens are getting hard to find, so we’re pleased to offer this NGC MS63 example. Here, the variety feature is exceedingly sharp, but the strike is less than full. Even so, both obverse and reverse are beginning to tone around the devices, and the coin is quite appealing.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1890-O VAM 10 PCGS MS62 (Lot 16028)
For more than a decade, the 1890-O VAM 10 "Comet" variety has been a favorite of collectors. The unusual series of diagonal die gouges to the right of the date gives the variety its name. This is the more valuable "early die state" with clearly defined gouges, whereas on the late die state the gouges have almost disappeared from the struck coin. As for condition, this lustrous, well struck PCGS MS62 example has outstanding eye appeal, and would probably grade much higher in the slab of another company!
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1890-O VAM 10A PCGS MS63 (Lot 11029)
One of the long standing Morgan dollar varieties that’s enjoyed lots of collector popularity over the years is the 1890-O VAM 10 "Comet Variety." It was so-named because of the raised parallel die gouges to the right of the date that resemble a meteor shower. There’s nothing quite like them in the rest of the Morgan or Peace dollar series. Then, it was discovered that a late die state exists with a gouge over the "O" of ONE which Van Allen designated the VAM 10A. The consignor was lucky to find one of these in such a high grade.
$146.25
View This VAM Lot 1890-O VAM 11 PCGS MS62 (Lot 6036)
1890-O specimens are scarcer than is generally perceived, and their price at the MS63 level is, in our opinion, quite undervalued. That said, 1890-O varieties in strict BU condition may be a good bet for the future. The VAM 11 has what’s called a "Near Date," meaning the date is set to the left of its normal position, and its mintmark is set high and to the left on this reverse. But the main point here is that this particular specimen is precisely the quality of better-date coins often seen at major coin shows with MS63 or MS64 marked on the flip. Did we mention that this example has great luster for an 1890-O?
$52.88
View This VAM Lot 1890-O VAM 20 ANACS AU55 Cleaned (Lot 19023)
We normally don’t handle "cleaned" coins in our premier auctions, but this coin is so RARE that we just couldn’t turn it down. In fact, this may be the first time an 1890-O VAM 20 has ever been offered at auction! Why is it so important? This variety will be a key component in the yet-to-be-released HIT LIST 40 book, which will make its debut early in 2009! The implication is that now may be the time to acquire this variety, as well as others, that have been included the listings. Oh yes, about the cleaning. We see marks on the surfaces, including a light scratch on the cheek, but little if any evidence of cleaning, In any case, the luster is excellent, the strike is typical of a 90-O, and the AU55 "details" grade is appropriate.
$146.25
View This VAM Lot 1890-O VAM 5 ANACS MS63 PL (Lot 14023)
As any Morgan dollar specialist will tell you, 1890-O is not a date that’s frequently found with Proof-Like surfaces. But also adding interest here is the repunched "9" in the date, which shows the remains of an underlying digit along the top of the primary "9." What an impressive coin this one is, with a frosty cheek on Liberty and fields that are highly reflective! First time we’ve seen the variety offered.
$156.38
View This VAM Lot 1890-P "8 in Denticles" ANACS MS63 (Lot 15022)
There is an entire area of VAM collecting called "Misplaced Dates." For reasons that have never been fully explained, there have been a number of cases where portions of a date number are visible in the denticles below the date. The variety offered here is just such an example, where the top of an "8" can be seen in the denticles. This probably has a VAM number, but we are not aware of it. But what we can say is that the lustrous specimen offered here is quite attractive in an ANACS MS63 holder.
$46.13
View This VAM Lot 1890-P Unattributed NGC MS63 PL (Lot 8034)
Here’s an 1890-P for all those collectors who are addicted to coins with highly reflective Proof-Like surfaces. And 1890 is at least three or four times rarer in PL than the generic dates (84-O, 85-P, etc.). There are some scattered marks here and there, which are exaggerated by the mirrors, but this slabbed specimen impressed the graders at NGC, and it impresses us, as well.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1890-P VAM 10 ANACS MS62 DMPL (Lot 7042)
Check your collection to see if you have an 1890-P VAM 10. Chances are you don’t! Why? It’s not that easy to attribute, and even the professionals at ANACS got it wrong, as it says VAM 4 on the holder. The difference is that the VAM 10 does not show doubling on the "1" in the date, and is probably much scarcer than the VAM 4. In any case, how often do you see 1890-P specimens in DMPL holders? Not often, I’ll bet. Here we have an interesting variety that may be quite scarce, in a holder with "DMPL" on the label. Sounds like the best of all worlds to me!
$73.13
View This VAM Lot 1890-P VAM 14 ANACS MS63 (Lot 13032)
Few specialists have even heard of the 1890-P VAM 14, with Liberty’s profile doubled along the nose, lips and chin. In fact, this is the first time we’ve handled one. So, we’re especially pleased to offer this specimen, with it original, dusky toning on both sides. But best of all, the Minimum Reserve is not much more than the cost of the holder!
$30.38
View This VAM Lot 1890-P VAM 16 (Discovery Coin) SEGS AU50 (Lot 14022)
Discoveries are the backbone of VAM collecting, and the original "discovery coin" for each VAM number enjoys a special appeal. Indeed, there are a number of advantages of the actual first coin, since there certainly is no question as to the attribution. That is important on coins like this one, where it’s difficult to be sure that the attribution is correct. The VAM 16 shows light doubling on the inside of Liberty’s ear, and the date is set to the right. The point is it’s likely that no one viewing this auction has ever seen a VAM 16 specimen.
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1890-P VAM 23 NGC MS63 (Lot 5030)
Collect doubled ears? Here’s one with a touch of doubling at the base of the ear lobe, but note that Liberty’s profile is doubled on the bottom edges of the lips and chin. Can’t remember seeing one of these before. It’s solid for the grade in an NGC holder.
$50.63
View This VAM Lot 1890-S Unattributed PCGS MS63 PL (Lot 7043)
Whoa! This coin has "killer" looks and the mirrors are wonderfully deep. Moreover, this coin would almost certainly be someone else’s DMPL specimen! As for the variety, the date is set to the right out of position. But it really doesn’t matter, since the buyer of this Lot will be purchasing it as a high quality MS63 Proof-like specimen in a PCGS holder. 1890-S silver dollars tend to be quite scarce with these kinds of mirrors. And the coin is simply beautiful!
$118.13
View This VAM Lot 1891-CC VAM 3 NGC MS63 (Lot OD093)
It’s hard for this cataloger to say anything good about an 1891-CC "Spitting Eagle" specimen. As I like to say, it’s as "common as dirt!" Even so, the VAM 3 brings a premium in the marketplace today. And more importantly, as a date, the 1891-CC (like all CC dollars) have become expensive coins, due to their low original mintages and mass popularity. So, any NGC MS63 1891-CC, with its Wild West mystique, has lots of appeal. In this case, the specimen is particularly frosty, with white surfaces and a smooth cheek on Liberty. Outstanding.
$562.50
View This VAM Lot 1891-CC VAM 3 PCGS MS62 (Lot 21018)
One thing is for certain, all MS62 coins are not graded equal. In terms of this 1891-CC VAM 3 variety, PCGS assigned it an MS62 grade, which is not bad for a better date variety. But the dilemma is that this MS62 is probably another grading service’s MS63 or MS64. And that’s why we recommend top tier slabbed coins. The grade may be lower, but you’re most likely dealing with premium quality. Take this PCGS coin, for instance. The luster and smooth cheek are outstanding for any grade, but certainly extraordinary for an MS62. And in terms of reselling it in the future, quality like this is a big plus!
$354.38
View This VAM Lot 1891-CC VAM 3 PCGS MS63 (Lot 46023)
How could we turn down an 1891-CC in a PCGS MS63 holder when it’s this attractive? And the fact that this is the famed 1891-CC "Spitting Eagle" variety had little to do with it. Of course, the premium for this variety, at least in our minds, is absolutely zero, so the quality of the specimen must count for everything. Here, a close look at the frosty, smooth surfaces leads us to believe that this premium quality coin may be closer to MS64 than MS63
$646.88
View This VAM Lot 1891-CC VAM 6 PCGS MS63 (Lot 5032)
Only six different die varieties are known for the 1891-CC, and collectors are most familiar with the VAM 3, "Spitting Eagle" variety. Unfortunately, the VAM 3 is extremely common. So, what’s the "best" 91-CC? Hands down, it’s the VAM 6 offered here, which is the most recent discovery for this date. The key here is the doubled die reverse, where many of the peripheral features show doubling. It’s a first-rate variety and it’s scarce. To complete the picture, this specimen is a valuable top end MS63 with lots of luster and few marks. No wonder it’s in a PCGS holder!
$646.88
View This VAM Lot 1891-O VAM 14/14A PCGS MS62 (Lot 5033)
Here’s one that few collectors have ever seen. The top inside of the ribbon bow on the lower reverse is doubled, and the mintmark is set high. The result is that this specimen is a VAM 14. It turns out there is a late die state clashed version of the VAM 14, which Van Allen assigned VAM 14A. Well, the VAM 14 is R-5 and the VAM 14A is R-6. The coin offered here is an even later clashed die state where you can hardly see the clashing. So, for Clashed Die enthusiasts, this may be an amazing opportunity. In terms of condition, the coin is rather weakly struck, the obverse is white and the reverse is somewhat darkly toned. In MS63 this is a $250 coin according to the Greysheet, but PCGS gave it a conservative MS62.
$202.50
View This VAM Lot 1891-O VAM 1A PCGS AU50 (Lot 33025)
For those who love "Clashed E on Reverse" varieties, an 1891-O VAM 1A represents the pinnacle of the variety-type. In fact, it has an "E" that is so strong that it looks like it’s part of the original design! Not surprisingly, this particular variety was a shoe-in for the TOP 100 listings when they were put together in the early 1990’s. Here, we offer an exceptionally attractive, all-white specimen that’s conservatively graded in a PCGS AU50 holder.
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1891-O VAM 1A PCGS AU50 (Lot 40018)
Collectors can’t seem to say enough good things about the "Clashed E" on reverse varieties! This variety-type has always represented the epitome of some of the best examples of die clashing in the Morgan dollar series. And in terms of dramatic "Clashed E’s" the 1891-O VAM 1A is at the top of the chart. Here we have a PCGS AU50 specimen, which is an ideal grade for this scarce variety. Why? The grade is high enough to fully enjoy the extreme clashing details, and low enough to be reasonably affordable. White, lustrous surfaces and minimum wear make this one a solid AU50.
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1891-O VAM 1A PCGS VF35 (Lot 31018)
Here is a fabulous variety in a grade every VAM collector can afford. This 1891-O VAM 1A, which is part of select group of Clashed Die superstars known as the "Clashed E on Reverse" varieties, has been creating excitement since the first days of VAM collecting. And "Clashed E" VAMs are just as exciting today! The words, attractive and VF35, don’t normally fit into the same sentence, but this PCGS VF35 is simply amazing for the grade. The coin is white, and the detail, including the Clashed E feature, are quite conspicuous. Super for the grade and priced right!
$93.38
View This VAM Lot 1891-O VAM 1B ANACS AU53 (Lot 20027)
The 1891-O with Pitted Die Reverse is one of the mega-stars of the HOT 50. The reason is that few, if any, Mint State specimens have come to light, leaving AU as the best available grade. And the pitting is extensive between the "E" of ONE and the "D" of DOLLAR, all the way up to the wreath. Many first-rare VAM collections lack the VAM 1B altogether! Nice luster on both sides, and a strong variety feature add to the allure of this highly prized rarity.
$247.50
View This VAM Lot 1891-O VAM 1B PCGS AU50 (Lot 39019)
Pitting on Morgan dollar reverse dies is not all that unusual. After all, it’s easy to visualize how the metal die face would react with the air, along with various contaminants in its work-room surroundings. However, since the earliest days of VAM collecting, enthusiasts have been extremely interested in coins with large areas of dramatic pitting. And this is the case for the 1891-O VAM 1B, where the reverse die first developed a small area of pitting on the left wreath and then the pitting greatly expanded to include the area above and around the wreath. The AU50 coin offered here is this late die state with extensive pitting on the lower reverse, and its grade is among the top 15 in the PCGS population report. Scarce and desirable.
$281.25
View This VAM Lot 1891-O VAM 3A PCGS AU53 (Lot 21019)
This 1891-O VAM 3A in PCGS AU53 is a real show-stopper! Indeed, it’s doubtful that most bidders have ever seen a specimen of this ultra-rare variety in such a high grade, and we’re thrilled to have it in this VAMquest auction. The PCGS AU specimen offered here is something special, with its highly lustrous surfaces, sharp detail and wonderful eye appeal. As specialists know, none of these features is the rule for 1891-O silver dollars! How rare is VAM 3A? We suspect that this coin is among the ten finest specimens currently known. Rarity and condition — it’s a great combination!
$1,068.75
View This VAM Lot 1891-O VAM 3A PCGS AU53 (Lot 23020)
There are two different "Clashed E" varieties known for 1891-O. The first is the VAM 1A, which has a "Strong E" on the reverse and is ultra-rare in high grades. The second "Clashed E" variety is VAM 3A offered here, and has what’s called the "Weak E" reverse. In circulated grades, the VAM 3A is actually the rarer of the two! This specimen, which does show a few marks, has an unusually clear clashed "E" feature on the reverse, and is quite lustrous.
$956.25
View This VAM Lot 1891-O VAM 3A PCGS XF40 (Lot 41020)
We just wish that all XF’s looked like this one! Most often, XF40’s are dark with lots of wear and little design detail. The phrase, "eye appeal," would normally not be used in the same sentence as "XF." But this XF40 shows considerable detail and strong luster. Then, why is it in an XF40 PCGS holder? We aren’t sure, but if you’re looking for an attractive 1891-O VAM 3A "Clashed E on Reverse" variety, here is a wonderful specimen that’s priced at less than half the VAMVIEW listed value.
$590.63
View This VAM Lot 1891-O/O VAM 5 ANACS AU58 (Lot 8037)
The 91-O VAM 5 is a wonderful variety you probably won’t find available anywhere else. We purchased a collection with this one in it, and on the back of the holder was a note that this coin was purchased from dealer Gene Henry for $90 years ago. At the tie, it was the only one slabbed. It’s undoubtedly rare, since we haven’t seen another one is three decades of looking. In any case, there’s lots of underlying luster here with dusky golden toning around the peripheries.
$118.13
View This VAM Lot 1891-P Unattributed PCGS MS62 (Lot 9039)
We weren’t about to let this one get away, since 1891-P coins in PCGS MS62 holders are, at least to us, quite desirable. Why? In MS60 the Greysheet lists the 91-P at only $38, but in MS63 it jumps to $140. So, it makes sense that an MS62 at $95 is a bargain! Throw in a $25 PCGS holder and it appears that slabbed 91-P specimens such as this represent an opportunity. Furthermore, few MS62’s look like this coin, which would fit nicely in non-PCGS MS63 slab. In fact, the buyer of this coin will probably ask why it’s not already in an MS63 PCGS holder!
$97.03
View This VAM Lot 1891-P VAM 2 ANACS MS63 (Lot 35028)
As a date, the 1891-P is particularly interesting. In circulated grades examples are readily obtainable, so price guide values are less than impressive. But the minute you reach the Uncirculated level, the values start to shoot skyward. MS63 is $130, MS64 is $740 and MS64 is $6900, so it’s obvious that nice specimens are worth a serious premium. Also worth mentioning, this VAM 2 example is the even more desirable clashed sub-variety.
$129.38
View This VAM Lot 1891-P VAM 2 NGC MS63 (Lot 8036)
The 1891-P Morgan dollar is an interesting date. According to the Greysheet, its value shoots up from $15 in VF to $4500 in MS65! MS63 may be a particularly desirable grade, especially when it’s in a premium holder. Also worth mentioning, the VAM 2 with its spectacular "Doubled Ear" is also part of a unique die progression. Starting off with the rare VAM 2 Early Die State with DMPL surfaces, the die deteriorates over time to ultimately produce the ultra-rare VAM 2A "Moustache" variety. The specimen offered here is a magnificent VAM 2 with extraordinary eye appeal, nice surfaces and lots of luster. All VAM 2 examples should look like this!
$196.88
View This VAM Lot 1891-P VAM 2 PCGS MS61 (Lot 46022)
There’s good news and bad news about the 1891-P VAM 2. The bad news is that this TOP 100 variety is readily available in all grades, and an offering in MS61 hardly generates even a ripple of excitement. But the good news is that it is an ultra-cheap variety from the TOP 100 listings. Just look at the minimum reserve here -- it probably wouldn’t cover the cost of the PCGS holder, the attribution, and the shipping costs.
$78.75
View This VAM Lot 1891-P VAM 2 PCGS MS61 (Lot 49025)
Here's a coin that wouldn't even be worth considering, where it not for its ridiculously low reserve. But as the old expression says, everything has its price. Although it's nothing to get excited about, this 1891-P "Doubled Ear" variety is a no-question Mint State specimen at a price that doesn't even cover the cost of the PCGS holder, itself.
$63.00
View This VAM Lot 1891-P VAM 2A PCGS AU53 (Lot 44021)
The ultra-late die state of the 1891-P VAM 2, which is referred to as the “Moustache" variety, is in a class by itself! This unique variety shows clear evidence of a chuck of the die falling out above Liberty’s lip, due to the impact of heavy clashing. And it’s rare in all circulated grades. As for Mint State, PCGS has graded only one Uncirculated specimen. The PCGS AU53 1891-P VAM 2A offered here, with its orangish, translucent toning and an abundance of underlying luster, is everything a collector could want in top-of-the-line condition.
$1,068.75
View This VAM Lot 1891-S VAM 3 ANACS MS62 (Lot 6038)
Many consider the 1891-S VAM 3 to be a "sleeper" in the TOP 100 listings, both in terms of value and its limited obtainability. When was the last time you saw one? In any case, the VAM 3 has nicely doubled left stars on the obverse, and on this specimen, the doubling is particularly dramatic. There’s light toning around the periphery, which doesn’t get in the way of the coin’s nice features. And the bagmarks on the cheek do little to detract from the overall perception of superb quality. Here’s an affordable VAM 3 that’s frosty and lustrous.
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1891-S VAM 3 PCGS AU55 (Lot 17020)
We’d be willing to bet that if this coin were in a different slab, it would be graded MS63. And the buyer would most likely agree with the grade! In any case, this attractive example of the TOP 100 "Doubled Stars" variety is graded ultra-conservatively. The luster is full and creamy, the surfaces are frosty and Liberty’s cheek is clean, even for an MS63. Certainly, PQ for AU. (Note: The cost of slabbing this specimen at PCGS was (18+$20+$9=$46.)
$73.13
View This VAM Lot 1892-CC VAM 4A PCGS MS62+ (Lot 40019)
This is the first time we’ve offered an 1892-CC VAM 4A specimen in one of our auctions. First of all, the date itself is rare. Secondly, there aren’t a lot of varieties for this date. And thirdly, the VAM 4A, which does have appeal, is not on most collectors’ radar screens. In any case, a PCGS MS62+ grade certainly benefits the buyer, since it’s a statement that a consensus of PCGS graders found it better that MS62. Priced here at MS60 levels, this showcase piece displays super frosty surfaces and creamy luster on both sides of the coin.
$1,350.00
View This VAM Lot 1892-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 7045)
Here it is—A better date in the best holder in a high grade. This extremely delightful coin is just what you’d expect from a winning combination like that! Lots of luster, no distracting contact and smooth surfaces lead me to believe this example would be sold as an MS64 at most coin shows. And the price goes up geometrically. In any case, this 1892-O is simply outstanding for the grade.
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1892-O VAM 1 NGC MS62 (Lot 3037)
For those intent on acquiring a nice BU 1892-O specimen slabbed by NGC, here is an example offered at a Minimum Bid that’s less that the wholesale value of the coin! And this beautiful specimen has more luster and far fewer marks than is customarily found on 1892-O examples. In fact, have I talked myself into thinking this coin could possibly stretch in somebody else’s holder to MS63?
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1892-O VAM 13A Discovery Coin SEGS XF45 (Lot 10045)
Rarity is the name of the game, and this Pitted Reverse variety is certainly rare. Van Allen assigned it an R-6 rarity rating and we are not aware of a single VAM 13A specimen entering the marketplace. And to top it all off, this is the actual discovery coin for this particular variety. It wouldn’t surprise us if this turned out to be a one-time chance at this rarity.
$376.88
View This VAM Lot 1892-O VAM 14 SEGS XF40 (Discovery Coin) (Lot 9040)
There’s something almost magical about the original "Discovery Coins" for new varieties. And this is especially true when the variety itself is significant. The only problem is that the discoverers tend to ask such outrageous prices. Not so, here. This 1892-O VAM 14 "Discovery Coin" has a doubled date ("1-92") and the obverse stars are doubled. Nice! How scarce is it? This is the first and only one we’ve seen! Also, the coin is attractive and lustrous for the grade.
$174.38
View This VAM Lot 1892-O VAM 15A PCGS MS61 (Lot 2040)
Like dramatic "Die Gouge" varieties? Here’s an interesting late die state variety with a series of die gouges running across the "DO" of DOLLAR on the lower reverse. This may be the first time this variety has ever been offered for sale! And most importantly, it is extremely scarce, as Van Allen assigned it an R-6 rarity rating in the VAM Book. Expect a VF specimen? Not here. This is a uncirculated example in a PCGS MS61 holder, which, if it’s not under-graded, is certainly at the top end of the MS61 grade level!
$568.13
View This VAM Lot 1892-O VAM 5 (7) PCGS AU55 (Lot 34027)
The 1892-O VAM 5 is one of the most under-appreciated varieties in the TOP 100 listings. It’s much rarer than most collectors realize, and according to the PCGS population report, only 3 Mint State specimens have been slabbed. Maybe the fact that Van Allen later changed its VAM number from VAM 7 (which on this PCGS label) to VAM 5 was enough to confuse many collectors. In any case, this PCGS AU55 is not only a top-end specimen, it has lots of luster and is choice for the grade. Indeed, it would be hard to find a better one.
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1892-O VAM 5(7) PCGS AU53 (Lot 30025)
Here’s a variety that really hasn’t crossed the radar screen of most collectors. That’s because the 1892-O "Doubled Ear" VAM 5 is a rare critter that’s rarely encountered, and when it is, the grade is seldom above XF. That’s what makes this PCGS AU53 coin so desirable. But along the way there’s been some confusion, and it should be noted that the VAM number has been changed by Van Allen from VAM 7 (as listed in the VAM Book) to VAM 5. But more importantly, this is an undervalued TOP 100 variety that’s very scarce in AU and extremely difficult to find in Mint State. Indeed, excellent detail and strong luster make this example quite appealing.
$200.85
View This VAM Lot 1892-O VAM 7 ANACS MS62 (Lot 14025)
This is the first BU specimen of the elusive 1892-O VAM 7 that we’ve encountered. Indeed, the VAM 7 is scarce is all grades, but becomes almost impossible to find in Mint State. So, this TOP 100 example is all the more exciting. Satiny surfaces, a lack of significant marks, and significant rarity make this an important opportunity.
$393.75
View This VAM Lot 1892-P VAM 3 PCGS MS62 (Lot 3036)
In the early 1890s silver dollar mintages generally declined, with the low point being 1893. In between, 1892 is a sought after date, and GreySheet prices reflect this fact. In terms of the variety, VAM 3 shows doubling underneath the top crossbar of the "1" in the date, and the first stars on the right show light doubling. Turn the coin over and there’s doubling on the bottom insides of the letters in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Here is another solid PCGS offering, and in this case, it’s one of the more interesting 92-P varieties.
$151.88
View This VAM Lot 1892-P VAM 5 NGC MS62 (Lot 6039)
In the Morgan dollar series, doubling on various design features is sometimes encountered, but rarely do you find tripling. And in the end, tripled features sometimes translate into huge premiums. In the case of the 1892-P VAM 5, the bottom insides of the letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM are doubled and tripled, with the "E" in particular showing nice tripling. And if that isn’t enough, Liberty’s chin is strongly doubled also. So, why hasn’t the VAM 5 caught on? Simply put, nobody knows about it. Apparently, few have closely examined this better date for varieties. Condition-wise, the specimen here has golden toning around the periphery, and is unusual for its smooth, even luster. We haven’t seen a better example of this interesting variety!
$163.13
View This VAM Lot 1892-S No Attribution PCGS XF45 (Lot 47024)
Here’s one we couldn’t resist, an 1892-S Morgan dollar in PCGS XF45. As we’ve mentioned before, when the spread between one grade and the next takes a huge jump, then it probably pays to acquire conservatively graded specimens at the lower grade. Look no further than this 1892-S. In XF40 it’s listed in the Greysheet at $240 and in AU50 the price jumps all the way up to $1,345! So, to our way of thinking, focusing on nice XF45 examples in PCGS holders is more than worth the effort! Along these lines, the specimen offered here is nice in every regard, with good detail, nice originality and plenty of eye appeal for the grade.
$416.25
View This VAM Lot 1892-S VAM 2 ANACS VF30 (Lot 4043)
Talk about better dates. This is one of the BEST dates in Morgan dollar collecting. 1892-S is at the top of the silver dollar food-chain, and fortunately for VAM enthusiasts, there is one die variety that is currently on everyone’s Hit List. That variety is the VAM 2 Doubled Date, where the doubling on the numerals of the date is as uniquely special as the date, itself. But on a coin like this, condition is absolutely critical. There’s nothing wrong with a VG, if it’s correctly graded, and the same is true of an MS64. That’s why we recommend only acquiring slabbed 92-S and 93-S specimens. You can’t afford to be wrong! Here, the grade is appropriate, and the "look" of the coin far exceeds its grade. There’s even a hint of underlying PL surfaces!
$421.88
View This VAM Lot 1892-S VAM 2 ANACS VF30 (Lot 28020)
Try to get one of these into a slab, and you’ll quickly learn how difficult it is to get any 1892-S specimen into a holder! Add in the fact that this is a VAM 2, which is the one 92-S variety included in the TOP 100 listings, and the problem is compounded. Taking into account the super rarity of any 92-S, this attractive VF VAM 2 specimen is desirable as a solid example of this seldom seen variety.
$174.38
View This VAM Lot 1892-S VAM 2 ANACS XF45 (Lot 11030)
The doubled date 1892-S VAM 2 is a "Big Time" variety in the TOP 100 set. Of course, the date itself is rare, and specimens with the variety feature are that much rarer! So there’s a good investment reason to acquire specimens of this variety. In terms of condition, all that detracts is one mark in front of Liberty’s neck. The luster is exceptionally strong for an XF45, and overall, this rare specimen is exceedingly attractive for the grade.
$450.00
View This VAM Lot 1892-S VAM 2 PCGS XF45 (Lot 41021)
What a variety! The 1892-S VAM 2 is a superstar in the TOP 100 Set, with two important factors driving up its price. First of all, the date itself in high grades is one of the keys to the Morgan dollar series. Even AU specimens cost an arm and a leg! And secondly, the 1892-S VAM 2 has a great variety feature, with its dramatic repunched date. The result is an exciting, rare variety, and we’re particularly pleased to offer this outstanding PCGS XF45 specimen in VAMquest Auction #41. This VAM 2 has incredible luster and detail for the grade, semi Proof-Like surfaces, and the "look" of an AU. The fact is that we have never had a better one to offer.
$902.25
View This VAM Lot 1893-P VAM 4 ANACS AU58 (Lot 6040)
This coin has a lot going for it. First of all it’s a rare date. The original mintage for 1893-P circulation strikes was only 378,700! Further adding to its cache is the fact that the VAM 4 is a "TOP 100" Doubled Stars variety. What about grade? Here also, this specimen excels. It’s an AU58 with basically full luster and extremely attractive surfaces. Because even a non-variety AU50 (Not AU58!) is valued at over $300 and an MS60 at $550, this 1893-P AU58 VAM 4 may be the best deal since the Dutch bought Manhattan Island in 1626 for about $24!
$388.13
View This VAM Lot 1893-P VAM 4 ANACS XF45 (Lot 33027)
You rarely hear the 1893-P VAM 4 "Doubled Stars" variety mentioned, possibly because any 1893-P silver dollar is so rarely encountered. Add to the rarity of the date, the rarity of the variety, and you have the prescription for a rare, really expensive VAM. However, the VAM 4 offered here, which is in an old ANACS holder, is priced to sell. Quite desirable.
$253.13
View This VAM Lot 1893-P VAM 4 PCGS AU50 (Lot 31019)
There are a few Top 100 varieties that you just don’t see, either advertised in publications or on the Internet. One of these is the scarce 1893-P VAM 4 with Doubled Stars. It may be because the date itself is rare, but more than that, few 93-P specimens turn out be the VAM 4. That said, we are pleased to have this PCGS AU50 VAM 4 in the auction. And what’s really special here is that this very lightly circulated 1893-P was originally Proof-Like! When was the last time you saw a PL 1893-P? This one is highly desirable and attractive.
$331.88
View This VAM Lot 1894-O Unattributed ANACS MS61 (Lot 11031)
Genuine Mint State 1894-O specimens enter the marketplace so rarely, that when this extremely attractive specimen became available, we simply couldn’t pass it up! We could attribute it, but why bother, when finding a genuine no-question Unc 1894-O was the target. Smooth luster and surprisingly little contact on the surfaces made this a "gotta have" specimen. Rare.
$421.88
View This VAM Lot 1894-O Unattributed PCGS AU50 (Lot 49027)
When was the last time you saw any 1894-O in a PCGS holder? This date is seldom encountered and when it's found, the coin is often cleaned, damaged or otherwise impaired. So, locating one in a PCGS holder can be important. In any case, this 1894-O is the first we've offered.
$163.13
View This VAM Lot 1895-O VAM 3 ANACS AU55 (Lot 4045)
1895-O is one of the key dates in the Morgan dollar series. How Key? In MS65 condition, it’s a $160,000 item! For the date, these high values reach all the way down to specimens grading only VG, which the Greysheet lists at $255. This slabbed AU55 is a very Choice AU example of the VAM 3, which is one of only five different die varieties known for the 1895-O. Talk about rare and desirable. This beautiful example is enough to make your heart stop. GreySheet Bid for an AU50 is $1100, which makes this Minimum Reserve of $850 an amazing bargain!
$956.25
View This VAM Lot 1896-O VAM 19 ANACS XF45 (Lot 19025)
he 1896-O VAM 19 is a major Repunched Date variety that is part of the up-coming HIT LIST 40. This exciting variety hasn’t crossed the radar screen of most collectors yet, but we anticipate a major thrust to find more specimens when the HIT LIST book comes out. This example is a very lustrous XF45 specimen with marks consistent with the grade. The surprise here is the hint of reflectivity in the fields. Nice for the grade!.
$151.88
View This VAM Lot 1896-O VAM 4 ANACS XF40 (Lot 36029)
Talk about controversial varieties! They are still part of the TOP 100 listings, but the consensus is that the Micro O’ varieties, other than those dated 1880 and 1899 were not genuine U.S. Mint products. Needless to say, they are exceptional quality if they are counterfeits, and the story is yet to be told as to how they came about. But that said, none of the reputable Grading Services will put them in holders anymore, which makes those already in slabs particularly desirable to the specialists who still collect them. Here is a softly struck, lustrous 1896-O Micro O’ in an ANACS XF40 holder, and it certainly has the typical look of a genuine Morgan dollar. Although not for beginning collectors, it’s true that countless TOP 100 enthusiasts still find these varieties irresistible.
$450.00
View This VAM Lot 1896-O VAM 4 Micro O ANACS XF45 (Lot 12042)
Over the past five years we’ve explained our view about the controversy a number of times, but the bottom line is that the 96-O VAM 4 may have been struck outside the U.S. Mint by persons unknown. The details are murky, but the coin certainly looks "genuine" and it has been collected as an important Micro O variety in the past. This specimen is quite attractive for the grade, and the current listing for XF45 in the RCI TOP 100 Value Guide is $2990. Further adding to its appeal, this specimen is in a slab.
$601.88
View This VAM Lot 1896-O VAM 6 PCGS MS61 (Lot 3039)
Here is another repunched date, this one on an even rarer date, the 1896-O. In BU, this date represents a "big time" coin, with MS64 at $34,500. The VAM 6 variety, itself, shows strong doubling at the top of the "1" and the base of the "6." But this extraordinary variety is overshadowed by the rarity of the date. So, condition is critically important. And here is where this specimen really shines. This VAM 6 example is most likely one of the best 96-O specimens you’ll encounter. It has excellent full luster, and a minimum of marks. So, we’re not sure why it’s not in a MS62 or better holder. In any case, we believe that as an PCGS MS61, it is a heck of a deal!
$1,068.75
View This VAM Lot 1896-P MPD-002 ANACS AU58 (Lot 18027)
Here’s another one of those pesky so-called "Misplaced Date" varieties, this time an 1896-P MPD-002. Van Allen has written a booklet about Misplaced Dates, and all we can say is that if this type of variety were to catch on, the buyer of MPD coins in this auction would be light years ahead! The considerable luster on this coin shines through the thick golden toning that covers both sides. Very little wear is visible, having the "look" of a BU coin.
$28.13
View This VAM Lot 1896-P Unattributed NGC MS62 PL (Lot 13035)
This coin had too much eye appeal to pass up. While Liberty’s cheek has some marks which warrant the grade, the Proof-Like fields are spectacular with deep reflectivity, and very little contact. Furthermore, the reverse would grade MS65PL! Overall, this is a choice silver dollar, whose attraction is its eye appeal and its ridiculously low Minimum Bid.+
$38.25
View This VAM Lot 1896-P VAM 13 PCGS MS63PL (Lot 12041)
A few years ago this would have been sold as an MS64 DMPL and the buyer would have been quite pleased. Now, this PQ specimen with nice mirrors and white devices resides in a PCGS MS63 PL holder. We never tout investment views, but if we were putting coins away for the future, this gorgeous Proof-Like specimen would be a prime candidate!
$78.75
View This VAM Lot 1896-P VAM 20 ANACS MS63PL (Lot 2042)
Originally this variety was designated the VAM 1A, and it was popular for its "vertical die gouge" inside the lower loop of the "6" in the date. Then an eagle-eyed collector convinced the VAM community that the "Bar 6" was really an incredible repunched "6/6" feature. At this point the designation was changed to VAM 20. (Note that this old VAM holder still says "VAM 1A.") Now, let’s talk about condition. The coin looks like an MS63 with the reverse maybe being a little better. But most significant is the fact that this example is proof-like, which until recently was an unknown state for this variety. This is the first full proof-like we’ve seen!
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1896-P VAM 20 NGC MS65 DPL (Lot 29024)
Of course, we like to handle coins like this one. They look good in the archives, and no doubt, future collectors will be in awe of the quality. The 1896-P VAM 20 has a colorful history, as it started out as the VAM 1A in the original VAM Book, where it was described as a "gouged date." Later it was determined that the amazing artifacts inside the "9" in the date represented a "repunched date." Thus the VAM number was changed. Here, we offer what is likely the finest known specimen of this HOT 50 variety. And it’s a monster example, with ultra-deep mirrors and wonderful surfaces!
$787.50
View This VAM Lot 1896-P VAM 20 PCGS MS62 (Lot 12040)
In our first year of operation, we’ve only handled very few, if any, 1896-P VAM 20 specimens. They’re that rare. Known as the "Bar 6" variety, the VAM 20 shows a vertical die gouge inside the "6" in the date. The variety was unusual enough to make it into the HOT 50. This coin is white, lustrous and conservatively graded by PCGS— a nice combination!
$78.75
View This VAM Lot 1896-P VAM 3 ANACS MS63 (Lot 9041)
The 1896-P VAM 3 is a rather fascinating variety, with the second and third numerals of the date repunched. But what’s unusual here is that rather than doubling at the tops or bottoms of the numbers, the "8" shows a vertical line inside the opening of the lower loop, and the "9" shows some odd marking in its lower loop. These out-of-the-ordinary features make this variety interesting. With translucent toning on both sides, this fascinating piece, which has strong luster and few marks, is PQ for the grade.
$36.00
View This VAM Lot 1896-P VAM 4 ANACS MS65 (Lot 18028)
Who could argue with acquiring TOP 100 varieties in high grades? It’s a natural strategy for success. Condition-wise, both sides of this specimen are covered with a musky deep golden toning, but when you put a loupe on it, you can see why ANACS was so impressed. The surfaces are superb and the "Doubled Stars" variety feature is fascinating. The fact that the 1896-P VAM 4 is a TOP 100 coin adds to its allure, which is further heightened by its extremely low starting price. Indeed, this one may be quite a bargain!
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1896-P VAM 5 PCGS MS64 (Lot 3038)
The VAM 5 1896-P is an amazing repunched date! The "1" is doubled under the bottom crossbar. And the "8-9-6" show strong doubling at the tops of the numerals. The grade is wonderful, too. With a minimum of contact and a maximum of luster, this specimen is outstanding. And the VAM 5, if not the "best" 1896-P variety, is near the top of the ladder in terms of desirability.
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1896-P VAM 8 ANACS MS64 PL (Lot 5035)
This golden toned beauty is the highest grade of this variety we’ve seen. The VAM 8, which is notable for the doubling on the date, where the "1" and the "6" are doubled, is part of that group of Morgan dollar varieties known as "Repunched Dates." In terms of condition, there are only the lightest stray marks that keep this one from the MS65 level, but overall this VAM 8 is a lot of coin for the money.
$85.50
View This VAM Lot 1896-S Unattributed PCGS MS62 (Lot 34028)
With an original mintage of five million, you might assume the 1896-S would be relatively easy to locate. And you’d be wrong! Something happened to the silver dollars minted in San Francisco that year, and the 1896-S is rarely encountered today. Hence, Mint State examples are expensive in all grades, ratcheting up to $15,000 in MS65. And the amazing thing is, this PCGS MS62 might pass for an MS65 specimen if held out at arm’s length. In other words, this lustrous coin is a lot of coin for an MS62, and would easily fit in a collection of all Choice BU coins.
$2,026.13
View This VAM Lot 1896-S VAM 5 PCGS XF45 (Lot 28021)
This rare 1896-S VAM 5 specimen is a key HOT 50 variety, with its S/S repunched mintmark. Here, the remains of an underlying "S" are visible under the lower right side of the current "S." Not many "S/S" varieties have been included in the TOP 100, HOT 50 or Hit List 40, but this one certainly warranted inclusion. And one thing about the grade is that PCGS XF45 is heads-and-shoulders above most other grading service XF’s. For the 1896-S VAM 5 it’s a pivotal grade in terms of detail, and the features on this highly lustrous specimen are well defined. Also, its strong luster would no doubt make some sellers ascribe an AU50 or AU53 grade to it.
$281.25
View This VAM Lot 1896-S/S VAM 5 ANACS XF45 (Lot 8040)
The 1896-S/S is one of the top repunched mintmarks in the Morgan dollar series, and even the date itself is a major rarity. XF45 is the pivotal grade for this variety, as the Greysheet listing for an AU50 non-variety is $675. this important piece (formerly in the Jim Hart Collection) looks AU, but has more than enough contact to grade XF. Nevertheless, it has great appeal, and its abundant luster make it "showpiece" specimen.
$253.13
View This VAM Lot 1897-O Unattributed PCGS AU58 (Lot 35030)
The 1897-O is a Morgan dollar date that we rarely, if ever, offer. First of all, the date is quite scarce, but more importantly, there isn’t a single 1897-O variety included in the TOP 100, HOT 50 or HIT LIST 40. Nevertheless, we’re pleased to include this unattributed PCGS AU58 specimen here. The fact that it looks Mint State with nice luster and detail certainly adds to its allure, especially when you consider the huge jump in price between AU and MS60. Not surprisingly, rare dates like this often sell for eye-popping premiums in AU58, and this one qualifies as a top-end AU58!
$193.50
View This VAM Lot 1897-O VAM 4 ANACS MS61 (Lot 5037)
The 1897-O is famous as a "condition rarity." What that means is the coin may be obtainable in lower grades, but when it comes to Mint State, it’s almost impossible to find. In fact, only major auctions can offer BU 1897-O specimens. The Greysheet lists an MS63 at $3600, an MS64 at $11,000 and an MS65 at $36,000. Is this MS61 in the same league? We think so. Outstanding for the grade.
$731.25
View This VAM Lot 1897-P Unattributed NGC MS64 DMPL (Lot 21020)
This amazing coin caught our eye for inclusion in a VAMquest auction, because of its DMPL surfaces. Yes, they would be spectacular on any of the common dates such as 1884-O, but on an 1897-P they are out of this world! Sometimes, we say the auction photos don’t do a coin justice, but a quick glance at the NGC MS64 DMPL pictured here will tell the whole story. This unattributed beauty, with its white devices and Deep Mirror Proof-like fields is breath-taking!
$258.75
View This VAM Lot 1897-P VAM 3A ANACS MS63 PL (Lot 3040)
The 1897-P VAM 3 with its Doubled "1" obverse hasn’t generated much excitement over the years, but when it was found that the late die state of the variety has pitting on the reverse, it suddenly blazed onto the radar screens of variety specialists. This "Pitted Die" reverse shows light pitting on and around the "N" of ONE on the lower lower left reverse. Leroy Van Allen gives the VAM 3A an "R-5" rarity rating, so locating this variety in an MS63 PL holder could be quite a challenge. Well, here it is!
$73.13
View This VAM Lot 1897-P VAM 5 NGC MS63 PL (Lot 8042)
There are collectors and investors who have been acquiring as many Morgan dollars in slabs saying PL on their holders as they can get our hands on. Why? Because the premiums currently do not reflect their true rarity. Here we have an 1897-P VAM 5 in an NGC MS63 Proof-Like holder. How often do you encounter this date in a slab that says Proof-Like? And yet this coin is listed at less than $100. Sacagawea dollars without edge inscriptions are now selling for as much as $200 to $400 and there may be hundreds of thousands of them. It doesn’t make sense, but that may be the opportunity here.
$56.25
View This VAM Lot 1897-P VAM 6A ANACS MS64 (Lot 9042)
For those of us who are VAM enthusiasts, there’s much allure in a TOP 100 variety in high grade. It’s become the Holy Grail for our specialty! Here we have a stunning 1897-P VAM 6A in an MS64 slab, which, as one of the prime Pitted Reverse varieties in the Morgan dollar series, is particularly desirable in grades above MS63.. This example looks MS65, with its wonderful luster, a hint of peripheral toning and smooth, unblemished surfaces. Will be sold in the future as an MS65!
$129.38
View This VAM Lot 1897-P VAM 6A PCGS MS64 (Lot 20029)
Some coins can take your breath away with their eye appeal. This 1897-P is one of those! There’s light golden-brown toning around the perimeter, which sets off the frosty white center designs. And the "look" is one of originality and Premium Quality. PCGS graders put it in an MS64 holder, and they were conservative at that. Priced at about the cost of the PCGS slab, label and postage, this beauty would be an "upgrade" for 99% of the VAM collectors in America.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1897-P VAM 6A PCGS MS64 (Lot 40020)
We normally don’t get too excited about an 1897-P VAM 6A, but this PCGS MS64 specimen was so impressive, we were delighted to offer it in one of our auctions. After all, all MS64’s are not created equal! Here, the coin is top-of-the-line in every regard, and the fact that its "Pitted Reverse" variety feature is so dramatic adds to its appeal. Indeed, the quality is so good that this lustrous beauty would most likely fit well into somebody else’s even higher grade holder.
$129.38
View This VAM Lot 1897-P VAM 6A PCGS MS64 (Lot 48033)
For those who love dramatic 'Pitted Reverse' varieties in high grades, this 1879-P VAM 6A may be for you. Yes, it's in a PCGS MS64 holder, and as such, is one of the few inexpensive 'Top 100' VAMs in that grade. It's what we like: Quality at the right price.
$118.13
View This VAM Lot 1897-P VAM 8 ANACS MS63 (Lot 8043)
The 1897-P VAM 8 is an important component of the HOT 50 listings for one reason alone, the dramatic doubling of the obverse stars to the left of the date. And the VAM 8 stars are strongly doubled. The point to consider is that every VAM collector who is trying to complete a HOT 50 Set needs one of these. Furthermore, the example offered here is so nice, you most likely couldn’t do better, even if you bought an MS64!
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1897-P VAM 8 ANACS MS64 (Lot 21021)
In today’s market, it seems that collectors are less than enthusiastic about the 1897-P "Doubled Stars" variety. It’s a bit surprising, since the VAM 8, while not rare, is certainly not as common as some other popular varieties. And the "Doubled Stars" feature is dramatic compared to varieties that require an electron microscope to see. In any case, the specimen here is lustrous, and shows excellent detail, although there is some light contact on Liberty’s cheek. Indeed, this VAM 8, which is needed to complete a HOT 50 set, would fit comfortably in a high grade collection.
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1897-P VAM 8 NGC MS64 (Lot 4047)
Here is an under-appreciated VAM where the left stars on the obverse are doubled, and the top edge of Liberty’s cap, the top of the right cotton leaf and the front edge of Liberty’s forehead all show clear doubling, as well. Van Allen has assigned it an R-5 rarity rating, so, at least in his mind, it is a rare coin. That said, a few marks here and there are all that separate this specimen from a higher grade, and its smooth, lustrous surfaces are impressive.
$129.38
View This VAM Lot 1897-P VAM 8 NGC MS64 (Lot 9043)
In the early days of VAM collecting, "Doubled Stars" varieties were a hot commodity. The first feature that a VAM collector looked for, when examining a coin, was often the obverse stars to the left and right of the date, in order to check for doubling. Those days are gone, and today, varieties like the 1897-P VAM 8 are often eclipsed by other types of varieties. But that’s not to say that their former glory days won’t return. As for quality, this lovely NGC VAM 8 specimen is all that a collector could want in a hand-picked MS64 example.
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1897-P VAM 8 PCGS MS63 (Lot 45020)
Simply put, here’s a case where the supply has met the demand, so that the variety is all but ignored. But this 1897-P VAM 8 is not as common in PCGS MS63 as its pricing would suggest. In fact, it would probably be much easier to find a number of other VAMs with much higher values than this MS63 VAM 8. One thing to consider is that a Reserve of $75 doesn’t cover the costs of an MS63 non-variety plus the expenses at PCGS, when you add up the cost of slabbing the coin, the attribution on the label, and shipping both ways!
$90.00
View This VAM Lot 1897-S VAM 2 ANACS MS63 PL (Lot 5038)
The VAM 2, which displays an "S" mintmark that is set too high, is not much of a variety. Here, it’s the coin that counts. Liberty’s cheek is unbelievably frosty, and although this frost is disturbed by a couple of marks, the overall effect is quite dramatic. Picking up this specimen at or near this Minimum Bid would be quite a deal.
$90.00
View This VAM Lot 1897-S VAM 4 ANACS MS63 DMPL (Lot 3041)
Here is a variety that should be much more popular than it is. It’s problem is that it has failed to get included in the popular TOP 100 and HOT 50 listings. The doubling on the bottom crossbar of the "1" is far down the vertical shaft. And the top of the "7" is also doubled. Sounds interesting? This specimen is in an MS63 DMPL holder, so it would be difficult find specimens better than this one!
$146.25
View This VAM Lot 1898-O Unattributed PCGS MS62 (Lot 12043)
If you’re a toning fanatic, then here is a specimen that should catch your eye. PCGS obviously didn’t know what to do with it, since it’s evident that the coin is actually a deep mirror proof-like on both sides. But the intense dark blue toning on the obverse served to obscure the reflectivity. In any case, this is an stunning coin with no marks and fine detail. And if you told me it’s an MS65 DMPL underneath, I’m not sure I could argue against it!
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1898-O Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot 7049)
If this isn’t the finest looking MS64 graded coin in existence, it’s close to it! In today’s marketplace you just can’t find coins like this, unless you’re willing to stretch to MS66 grades. This 1898-O, being held hostage in a PCGS MS64 holder, is awesome in every respect and would make a spectacular MS65!
$47.25
View This VAM Lot 1898-P Unattriubted PCGS MS64 PL (Lot 9044)
We receive many questions about how to value MS64 PL specimens, when PL’s aren’t listed in the weekly Greysheet. Our response is that one quick-and-dirty method is to simply look at the MS63 DMPL listings. They’re both generally related and somewhat equivalent. Take this 1898-P, for instance. In MS63 DMPL it’s listed at $115, which is about right for this MS64 PL. Anyway, this particular specimen sits in a premium slab and is outstanding in every regard.
$72.98
View This VAM Lot 1898-S/S VAM 4 ANACS AU58 (Lot 3042)
The VAM 4 description has been revised by Leroy Van Allen to include the fact that the VAM 4 date is set slightly out of position to the left. But it’s main feature remains the "S/S" repunched mintmark. In terms of condition, this coin was undoubtedly submitted to ANACS as a nice BU specimen, but it came back AU58. That’s the consignor’s loss and the buyer’s gain!
$73.13
View This VAM Lot 1899-O (Lot 46025)
Employing a mintmark punch first used in 1880, Mint engravers in 1899 inadvertently applied a "Micro O" mintmark to several Morgan dollar dies in 1899. The result? This mintmark anomaly is extremely popular with huge numbers of collectors. In fact, auction prices for certain 1899-O "Micro O" varieties have gone through the roof! As for this VAM 31 in PCGS XF45, it’s everything one could ask for in that grade. And not only that, the example offered here originally had reflective surfaces, which are still visible in the recessed areas across much of the obverse and reverse. All we can say is that this is a lot of coin for the money.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1899-O Micro O VAM 32 PCGS XF40 (Lot 47025)
"Rare coins bought cheap" is the battle-cry of most collectors and investors in this or any other market. The idea is to obtain varieties that are under-appreciated, but are nevertheless rare. Although not much to look at, this 1899-O VAM 32 with Micro O mintmark is one of the rarer 1899 Micro O’s, whereas the Reserve is dirt cheap. Sounds like a good combination?
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1899-O Micro O VAM 5 ANACS XF40 (Lot 21022)
There are five different 1899-O Micro O varieties known today, VAMs 4, 5, 6, 31 & 32, all of which are extremely popular with collectors. What’s interesting about the VAM 5 is that it was important enough to be singled out in the TOP 100 for its own listing. That said, this XF40 is a bit grungy, with circulation grime around some of the design details. But when you consider the scarcity of the VAM 5, the Minimum Bid here undoubtedly represents a good deal for some astute buyer!
$63.00
View This VAM Lot 1899-O Micro O VAM 5 PCGS XF40 (Lot 23021)
Like the "Oval O" varieties of 1888 and 1889, the "Micro O" VAMs of 1899 are an anomaly. Simply put, they shouldn’t exist, but they do! Five different "Micro O" varieties are known for 1899, and while all are part of the TOP 100 listings, the VAM 5 was singled out for its own separate listing in the TOP 100. Yes, it was considered that important! Specimens like the PCGS XF40 offered here are in great demand, as they are needed for the PCGS Registry "Micro O" specialty set. With the detail of an XF45, this VAM 5 is a bit "grungy," but in this case the coin is "original" and hasn’t been "cleaned up," which is a big plus to many collectors.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1899-O Micro O VAM 5 PCGS XF45 (Lot 18029)
The 1899-O set of Micro O mintmarks is a popular specialty for VAM collectors. And the fact that the 1896-O, 1900-O and 1902-O Micro O examples are all considered by most specialists to be non-Mint products, leaves the 1899-O Micro O varieties as the only legitimate Micro O’s. The result is a lot of excitement for the 1899-O’s. The VAM 5, which is especially desirable and is usually listed separately from the other 1899-O Micro O’s, leads the pack. The coin offered here is a bit dark with musky overlaying toning, but here and there, lustrous surfaces peek out from under the toning. And further, this specimen shows a lot of detail for an XF. We’ll make a prediction that some silver dollar specialist who’s assembling a PCGS Registry Set will scoop this coin up. Bets anyone!
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1899-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 8044)
My first impulse is to say that IF this highly lustrous coin is only an MS63, I’ll eat it for breakfast with my Cheerios! But I’ll resist making such a promise. The point is that this PQ coin would be MS64 to just about everybody. So let’s just call it conservatively graded, and let the buyer be the beneficiary!
$46.13
View This VAM Lot 1899-O VAM 10 PCGS MS64 (Lot 5041)
Some silver dollars look so attractive that even a quick glance can take your breath away. This is one of these remarkable specimens where the surfaces are almost mark-free, the luster sparkles on both obverse and reverse, and the "look" of the coin is pure MS65. In fact, I’m not sure why it’s not in an MS65 (or better) slab. In any case, the coin is magnificent and the variety is basically meaningless. Looking for quality? Here it is!
$49.50
View This VAM Lot 1899-O VAM 12 PCGS MS63 (Lot 3043)
There are many 1899-O varieties, the most important of which are the extremely popular Micro O varieties. But other than this group of mintmark anomalies, the rest of the 99-O VAMs have generally died on the vine. That’s where the VAM 12 comes in. It has a dramatic repunched date with the "1-8-9-" all showing doubling. And the coin, itself, is an attractive PCGS MS63!
$45.00
View This VAM Lot 1899-O VAM 30 PCGS MS64 (Lot 5042)
With "189-" doubled in the date, this scarce variety has created some excitement for its Repunched Date. But it’s the rarity that turned people’s heads and caused Leroy Van Allen to assign this VAM an R-5 rarity rating. The specimen, itself, is picture perfect with smooth mark-free surfaces that are dripping with frost.
$47.25
View This VAM Lot 1899-O VAM 31 Micro O ANACS MS61 (Lot 9045)
With all the controversy over the 1896-O, 1900-O and 1902-O "Micro O" varieties, only the few 1899-O Micro O VAMs still remain in the good graces of collectors. So, all are now worth a heavy premium over what they used to bring. In terms of availability, every 1899-O Micro O variety is scarce in all grades, but examples can be obtained up through AU. However, in Uncirculated condition the population thins out dramatically, and any BU 99-O Micro O specimen is an important rarity. Well, here is a slabbed, lustrous, no-question Mint State example, which is listed in this grade in the RCI TOP 100 Value Guide at $2,400 as a result of an actual sale!
$506.25
View This VAM Lot 1899-O VAM 32 "Micro O" ANACS XF40 (Lot 7050)
If you like ultra-rarities, then the 99-O Micro O VAM 32 fits the bill perfectly. First of all, even the most common 1899-O Micro O varieties are quite scarce. But the two rarest are the VAM 32 and the VAM 5. While many collectors have a VAM 5, few have ever seen a VAM 32, and it remains a missing "hole" in most collections. That said, we guarantee the attribution of all the lots in every auction, and this is a VAM 32. There is considerable contact on the surfaces, but interestingly, if you tilt the coin, there is still some reflectivity on both sides of the coin, even in this low grade. Not the prettiest specimen, but they don’t come much better than this! Ultra-rare and desirable.
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1899-O VAM 4 ANACS AU55 (Lot 6042)
The Morgan dollar "Micro O" varieties are highly controversial TOP 100 VAMs. When it comes to the 1896-O, 1900-O and 1002-O "Micro O" varieties, Van Allen now takes the position that they were made "outside the Mint." Read that as counterfeit! However, there is no question that the five known 1899-O "Micro O" varieties are genuine, and that leaves them as the sole non-1880 "Micro O" varieties. As a result, the value of VAMs 4, 5, 6, 31 and 32 have gone through the roof! Want an example? The last recorded sale for an AU55 VAM 4 specimen was $346. The coin offered here is outstanding in every respect and solid for the grade.
$196.88
View This VAM Lot 1899-O VAM 4 NGC AU53 (Lot 5040)
The Micro O varieties of 1899 are the only post-1880 varieties with this unique mintmark that are still considered genuine Mint products. The effect is that prices for these pieces have gone through the roof. For instance, an AU just sold on EBay for more than $200. That’s double of a few years ago. In any case, this attractive specimen is in an NGC holder that reads AU53. Nice.
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1899-O VAM 4 PCGS AU53 (Lot 40021)
"Micro O" varieties often generate some discussion. As mintmark anomalies, "Micro O’s" should not have been used after 1880, but somehow showed up again in 1899. Then to add to the confusion, it turned out that a number of counterfeits with the same mintmarks were produced. But it’s the real 1899 "Micro O" varieties that are the focus of most of the VAM excitement. Regularly encountered in low grades up through VF, anything better is worth celebrating. So, this PCGS graded AU53 1899-O VAM 4, with its moderately reflective surfaces and lustrous devices, is a stand-out.
$218.25
View This VAM Lot 1899-O VAM 5 NGC AU55 (Lot 16029)
Since the early days of VAM collecting, the 1899-O VAM 5 has been considered the key Micro O variety. New Micro O varieties have since been discovered, but the VAM 5 is still a major rarity that’s on everyone’s Hit List. Condition-wise, it’s very scarce in grades up through XF, rare in slabbed AU, and is almost impossible to find in Mint State. The coin offered here, which is in an NGC holder, shows good luster for a circulated coin, and has some wispy stray marks. But overall, it’s quite attractive. For such an important rarity, you could do a lot worse than this one!
$241.88
View This VAM Lot 1899-O VAM 6 Micro O ANACS AU55 (Lot 10049)
Because of the questions regarding the authenticity of the 1896-O, 1900-O and 1902-O Micro O varieties, the 1899-O varieties are all that’s left after 1880. That fact has sent the price of 1899-O Micro O coins skyrocketing, and an attractive specimen like this is the beneficiary. The VAM 6 offered here has exceptional luster and the note says it was originally purchased as a Mint State example. Oops! But the coin is certainly exciting.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1899-P VAM 2 PCGS MS63 (Lot 5039)
Who doesn’t love the 1899-P Morgan dollar. With an official mintage of only 330,000 it’s been the darling of collectors for decades. On this example there is doubling along the top of the last "9" in the date. However, the key here is Liberty’s smooth silky cheek, which is far from common on the 99-P. Extra nice in appearance, this specimen is lots of coin for the money in an old PCGS holder.
$286.88
View This VAM Lot 1899-P VAM 5 PCGS MS63 DMPL (Lot 4049)
With an original mintage of only 330,846 the 1899-P has the 7th lowest mintage of any Morgan dollar. That’s slightly lower than the ultra-rare 1889-CC! But a number have survived, particularly in lower grades. However, few collectors have ever seen an MS63 DMPL 1899-P specimen! VAMquest Auctions is pleased to offer one here. First of all, the variety is a VAM 5, which is one of only two varieties that have attracted collectors. In fact, only six different die pairs have been identified for the entire miniscule mintage. The VAM 5 has a repunched date with doubling visible on the "18-9." But it’s the grade that’s spectacular. Frosty devices, extremely deep mirrors, and vivid contrast make this an exceptional specimen. And it’s in a PCGS MS63 DMPL holder!
$455.63
View This VAM Lot 1899-S VAM 7 ANACS MS60 (Lot 10050)
The 1899-S VAM 7 is well known for its doubled date, which shows spectacular doubling along the tops of the numerals in the date. And it’s a popular TOP 100 variety as well. Then, add into the mix the fact that 1899-S as a date is quite scarce, and you have the prescription for a high value variety. Indeed, the current Greysheet lists a non-variety 1899-S in MS60 at $240! So, the question is whether this specimen is a true Mint State coin. We can assure you it is. It has semi Proof-Like surfaces, lots of contact, nice mint frost, and at arms-length, you’d swear it’s an MS63!
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1899-S VAM 7 ANACS MS64 (Lot OD073)
For those who love spectacular Repunched Dates, where the digits in the date show extraordinary doubling, here is the TOP 100 variety for you. The VAM 7 is the only 1899-S variety included in either the TOP 100 or HOT 50 listings, but it is an important one. Remnants of the underlying "9’s" under the two "9’s" of the date are quite extraordinary, and Van Allen gave this variety an R-5 rarity rating, back when such a rating indicated an extreme rarity. The condition of this coin is simply marvelous, with super luster, few if any significant marks and the "look" of a Gem BU. Top-of-the-line!
$511.88
View This VAM Lot 1900-O Unattributed NGC MS65 (Lot 12046)
True MS65 Morgan dollars are a thing sublime! Yes, who could ever get enough of these high grade beauties? The specimen offered here has clean surfaces, smooth luster, and a hint of golden toning around the edges on both obverse and reverse. The word that comes to mind is "stunning." If you plan to put some Morgans away for the future, this would be a good one!
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1900-O Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot 15023)
You can’t help but love coins in PCGS MS64 holders! Why? In most cases, the same specimen would end up in someone else’s MS65 slab! And this coin is no exception. It displays superb luster, Liberty’s cheek is smooth, and the overall "look" says this is a PQ coin!
$52.50
View This VAM Lot 1900-O VAM 13 PCGS MS63 (Lot 6044)
The VAM 13 is a strongly Repunched Date, with the "1" doubled under the top crossbar, the "9" doubled at the top inside of the upper loop, and the final "0" doubled strongly along the bottom outside. But it is the dramatic doubled clash marks that attracted us. Two sets of clash marks are visible behind the bonnet on the obverse, and another set can be seen at the top inside of the right wreath. After checking the latest Van Allen supplement, it appears the heavily clashed VAM 13 is not listed. In any case, this specimen is a stunning PCGS MS63 with smooth lustrous surfaces and few significant marks of any kind. This coin won’t disappoint!
$49.50
View This VAM Lot 1900-O VAM 15 PCGS MS64 (Lot 19027)
If this spectacular doubling of the obverse stars were found on say, a U.S. nickel or quarter, you’d have a five-figure variety on your hands. But the 1900-O VAM 15 has become almost mundane in the VAM world. That said, this PCGS MS64 specimen should be regarded as something special. Certainly, the grade and the holder are special, but more than that, this is a truly Premium Quality coin. Indeed, smooth, frosty surfaces abound. Also worth noting is the fact that the VAM number on the PCGS label adds another $20 to its value and helps its future liquidity.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1900-O VAM 29A PCGS XF40 (Lot 45023)
Die cracks through the date are common in the Morgan dollar series, but the 1900-O VAM 29A stands alone for its spectacular Die Break that runs across the bottom of the date digits and then down into the denticles to the left of the date. Indeed, even though the VAM 29A is only known in relatively low grades, the variety remains extremely popular. This mid-range PCGS XF40 specimen is a bit dark, but it’s certainly worth the reserve here, which is little more than half the VAMVIEW listed price.
$365.63
View This VAM Lot 1900-O VAM 29A ANACS AU50 (Lot 10051)
We’ve been quite fortunate at VAMquest Auctions to handle a steady stream of exciting varieties like this one. Here we offer the ultra-rare 1900-O VAM 29A, which is notable for its late die state die break that runs across the date. Examples are few and far between, and the usual grade is VF or less. However, this specimen is an AU50, which puts it in the stratosphere in terms of quality. The RCI TOP 100 Value Guide listing is $450 in XF45, one step below the AU offered here.
$365.63
View This VAM Lot 1900-O VAM 29A ANACS XF45 (Lot 33032)
Dramatic die breaks are all the rage now, particularly in the Peace dollar series. But there are some spectacular Morgan dollar die break varieties, as well. The 1900-O VAM 29A, which has a raised break running under the date, is one of the best. The only problem is that the VAM 29A is normally found in very low circulated grades. This attractive XF45 specimen is the exception.
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1900-O VAM 29A PCGS VF35 (Lot 30026)
As long as this cataloger can remember, the 1900-O VAM 29A, with its spectacular die break under the first digits of the date, has been prized by VAM specialists. Not only is the VAM 29A rare as a variety, the challenge is to find one that grades above Good or Fine. We’re not sure what happened, but the variety may have been released early in the year, and nearly all of the specimens, including these late die states, ultimately endured heavy circulation wear. In terms of condition, this specimen is a bit dark, but on another day it could easily be graded XF40. So, we’ll call it "solid for the grade."
$196.88
View This VAM Lot 1900-O VAM 35 ANACS MS64 (Lot 9049)
The 1900-O VAM 35 is a reference coin that we recommend acquiring. Why? It is constantly being confused with the 1900-O VAM 29A, which is an ultra-rare late die state variety of the same date that brings huge premiums when found. You’ll note the die break runs into the denticles in different spots on the two varieties. This specimen is worth acquiring anyway, as Liberty’s cheek is almost flawless, the surfaces are smooth and lustrous, and most collectors would judge this coin to be MS65.
$52.88
View This VAM Lot 1900-O/CC VAM 10(A) PCGS MS61 (Lot 44023)
As VAM collecting continues to grow, many collectors will no doubt focus on completing the Over-mintmark Sets. After all, even PCGS now has Registries for both the 1882-O/S and the 1900-O/CC varieties. One off-shoot of this new-found interest is that the die stages of the coins in the set will take on added significance. Namely, the 1900-O/CC VAM 10 offered here is the clashed version, and even though PCGS doesn’t go into this much detail, this specimen is a lustrous VAM 10A.
$264.38
View This VAM Lot 1900-O/CC VAM 10A PCGS MS62 (Lot 39022)
Lately, the 1900-O/CC VAM 10 has been at the center of some controversy. It seems that collectors have always considered it a very common O/CC, and are adamant about it! But today a few specialists are pointing out that it may be harder to find than previously thought. And that goes for the VAM 10A late die state, as well. No, it’s not among the rarest 1900-O/CC varieties, but it may be harder to find on quick notice than previously thought. In any case, here is a lustrous Mint State 1900-O/CC specimen in a PCGS MS62 holder.
$843.75
View This VAM Lot 1900-O/CC VAM 11 ANACS MS60 (Lot OD006)
One of the few Greysheet listed VAMs, the 1900-O/CC varieties are popular with just about everybody, whether you’re a VAM specialist or not. As an added plus, this is the interesting late die state with evidence of die clashing on both sides of the coin and die cracks on Liberty’s bonnet. (One crack runs vertically along the back of the cap and another cuts across the tiara.) This clashed MS60, which is a no-question Mint State coin, may well be undergraded, and would fit nicely into a fine VAM set. Full luster.
$202.50
View This VAM Lot 1900-O/CC VAM 11 PCGS AU58 (Lot 47026)
Undoubtedly, nine out of ten collectors would call this 1900-O/CC VAM 11 a Mint State coin. If there is wear on the devices, it’s so minor that it’s basically unnoticeable. Maybe the non-full strike had something to do with PCGS’s assessment. In any case, the luster on this coin is basically complete and the eye appeal is excellent. In fact, if all AU58’s looked like this one, we’d probably be witnessing a massive run on AU’s! We’re convinced that you couldn’t do better for the grade.
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1900-O/CC VAM 11PCGS XF45 (Lot 36030)
We always like to include some affordable coins in our auctions, so that collectors without the bankroll of a Bill Gates can still compete on some high quality items. But there’s no doubt about it, "quality" costs. Even so, a wonderful 1900-O/CC variety like this VAM 11 can be obtained at VAMquest. Here we offer a PCGS XF45 example with super luster & detail for the grade at a more than reasonable price.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1900-O/CC VAM 7A NGC XF45 (Lot 12045)
A drum roll please——.. Because the 1900-O/CC varieties are now considered part of a regular Morgan dollar set, collector demand for these coins is enormous. But there are still some specific O/CC VAMs that specialists are anxious to find. In that category, the VAM 7A is front and center. Few have ever been found, and the ones that have come to light are either low grade in the VG to VF range or are impaired. So, VAMquest Auctions is particularly pleased to offer this VAM 7A in an NGC XF45 holder. A landmark offering!
$911.25
View This VAM Lot 1900-O/CC VAM 8A PCGS AU55 (Lot 45022)
In some sense, the closing of the Carson City Mint in 1893 marked the end of an era, not just for the Mint, but for the "Wild West" itself. And the 1900-O/CC Set is the last of the Morgan dollar Over-Mintmarks. This VAM 8A is interesting for the pitting surrounding the "O/CC," caused by damage to the die around the re-worked mintmark. The effect is dramatic and easily seen by the naked eye. White surfaces and exceptional luster make this one especially attractive.
$135.00
View This VAM Lot 1900-O/CC VAM 8B PCGS MS63 (Lot 29025)
Super luster and nice, even frostiness make this 1900-O/CC specimen really special. And the fact that it is the highly desirable VAM 8B makes it even better! You’ll recall that this is the one 1900-O/CC variety where the area around the mintmark is heavily rusted. Making it even more desirable, the VAM 8B is the even later die state with heavy clashing. Even with a few scattered marks, this is the finest VAM 8B we’ve handled, with strong luster, crystal-clear pitting and strong clashing.
$1,181.25
View This VAM Lot 1900-O/CC VAM 9 PCGS AU55 (Lot 42023)
VAMquest Auction #40 offered a 1900-O/CC VAM 9 in PCGS AU50 and we wrote this: "In the VAM collecting world, it would be hard to get a more important’ variety than the 1900-O/CC VAM 9. To start with, it’s a key variety in one of VAM collecting’s key sets, the nine-piece 1900-O/CC’s. It’s extremely rare in all grades, so the demand for better grade examples like this one is intense." That was a wonderful specimen, but here is a even better one, with only the barest wear and bright untoned surfaces. Incredible!
$675.00
View This VAM Lot 1900-P VAM 11 PCGS MS64 (Lot 20030)
The fact that this reverse is a C4/C3 may not make much difference to most bidders, but the strong doubling will certainly get everyone excited. The arrowheads, arrow shafts and the eagle’s right leg are all doubled, as well as other features on the reverse. And best of all, the grade is PCGS MS64, which puts it near the top of the grading range. This lustrous jewel is ready for a first class Registry Set.
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1900-P VAM 14 NGC MS65 (Lot 9046)
This coin was hand-picked from a roll of 1900-P silver dollars for its superb "look." Totally white on both sides, this MS65 specimen ended up in an NGC MS65 holder, so everyone was satisfied. It appears to be a VAM 14, with the "1" in the date closer to the rim than the last "0." But again, it’s the coin that counts here.
$129.38
View This VAM Lot 1900-P VAM 16 ANACS MS63 (Lot 5044)
The 1900-P VAM 16 has long been held in high regard for its "two olive" reverse, which refers to the use of two different Hubs to create this C4/C3 reverse. What interests VAM collectors is the doubling of the design features that results from using two different Hubs. In the case of the VAM 16, many features on the reverse show light doubling. Then, recently it was discovered that in between the denticles under the date are what appear to be the remains of a second date. Collectors were thrilled. As to condition, this specimen may be one of the world’s best MS63’s. It’s that good.
$50.63
View This VAM Lot 1900-P VAM 16 PCGS MS64 (Lot 17023)
There are two significant die states for the 1900-P VAM 16. The earlier state shows a doubled die reverse, due to the fact that in making the dies, a C4 Hub was used over a C3 Hub. The coin offered here is the first die state. Later in the life of the die, the area behind the eagle’s head developed an area of pitting. Both die states are part of the VAM 16 listing in the HOT 50. And needless to say, a PCGS MS64 specimen is especially important for inclusion in the PCGS Registry.
$118.13
View This VAM Lot 1900-P VAM 18 PCGS MS63 (Lot 39021)
The 1900-P was included in the HOT 50 listings, primarily because of its C4/C3 Dual Hub reverse. Most collectors are surprised to learn that there are so few of these doubled dies in the 1900-P set, and the idea was to draw some attention to them by highlighting this variety. Even so, collectors have yet to get excited about Dual Hub reverses, which has produced some ground-floor opportunities to acquire attractive, lustrous specimens like this one.
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1900-P VAM 24 PCGS MS62 (Lot 12044)
Originally, the 1900-P VAM 11 with its dramatic doubled die reverse found a secure place in the TOP 100 as an important Morgan dollar variety. Then, eagle-eyed specialist, John Baumgart, made a startling discovery — there were actually two different obverses associated with this reverse die. The second obverse, which showed slight doubling on the starts, was designated VAM 24 by Van Allen, and the rest is history. The specimen offered here resides in a PCGS MS62 holder, and given its lack of marks and smooth luster, it proves how conservative PCGS grading is! Super for the grade.
$56.25
View This VAM Lot 1900-P VAM 24 PCGS MS64 (Lot 40022)
The 1900-P VAM 11 was originally included in the TOP 100 listings because of its C4/C3 Dual Hub Reverse. Later, it was found that the VAM 11’s could be separated into VAM 11 or VAM 24’s, all of which had the same reverse, but a different obverse. Here, we have a coin labeled as VAM 11 on the PCGS holder, but appears to be a VAM 24. One thing is for sure, this coin with its lack of significant marks and super nice surfaces more than warrants the PCGS MS64 grade.
$135.00
View This VAM Lot 1900-P VAM 2A/10A ANACS MS64 (Lot 7051)
The 1889-P "Bar Wing" variety, with its die break on the eagle’s wing, is one of the more popular TOP 100 varieties. Here, the 1900-P VAM 10A has an equivalent break on the left wreath, which should get the adrenaline going! Indeed, when more collectors know about it, the VAM 10A may become a hot item. In any case, it’s rare and Van Allen gives it an R-6 rarity rating. And lastly, it’s a pleasure to say that this VAM 10A is in superb top of the line condition. Of the few we have seen, none can compare to this one!
$129.38
View This VAM Lot 1900-S Unattributed PCGS AU58 (Lot 31020)
A coin really has to be something special for us to include it in one of our auctions as an unattributed specimen. And this 1900-S certainly fits the bill, as there probably isn’t one dealer in a ten who wouldn’t grade it MS63. This amazing example is blast-white, with full luster and needle-sharp detail, and the "look" is no-question Mint State. So, we look at this PCGS AU58 as a nice opportunity for one of our bidders.
$127.13
View This VAM Lot 1900-S Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot 30027)
Here’s one we just couldn’t resist! If quality is your thing, then this 1900-S monster in a PCGS MS64 holder is the specimen you’ve been waiting for. This beauty has white, frosty devices and semi Proof-like fields, and without doubt, is the finest 1900-S we’ve handled. No photo can do it justice. And what about the variety? With a coin like this, we never even looked. Suffice it to say that this conservatively graded, top-end specimen would be almost impossible to improve upon.
$478.13
View This VAM Lot 1900-S VAM 5 ANACS MS63 PL (Lot OD131)
Any 1900-S in slabbed MS63 condition captures the attention of collector/investors. But an MS63 with Proof-Like surfaces is a "show-stopper!" The Greysheet lists a straight MS63 at $310 Bid /$340 Ask. And PL surfaces are rare on a 1900-S. How rare? The Greysheet value for an MS63 DMPL is listed at $2,800! The photo of this MS63 Proof-Like specimen doesn’t do it justice. In person, it’s a killer!
$281.25
View This VAM Lot 1901-O VAM 13 PCGS MS62 (Lot 5046)
A new reverse hub, designated the C4, was introduced in 1900, with some slight design differences when compared to the old C3 Hub. Since multiple impressions are required to bring up the design when dies are made, a number of C4/C3 dies were produced, where the images were slightly out of register. On coins struck from these dual Hub dies, the design features appear doubled. The VAM 13 has one of these dual-hub reverses. By the way, this Minimum Bid just covers the cost of the slab, so in effect the coin is free!
$38.25
View This VAM Lot 1901-O VAM 1A NGC MS63 (Lot 14027)
Here is an unusual variety that is rarely, if ever, seen in the marketplace. It’s the 1901-O VAM 1A. This Rarity-5 variety has numerous die polishing lines around Liberty’s ear on the obverse, culminating in a raised diagonal line running across the inside of the ear. There’s nothing else quite like it. And the VAM 1A is a late die state with strong clashing on both obverse and reverse. In fact, the marks at the junction of the chin and neck show double clashing. Luster abounds.
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1901-O VAM 1A PCGS MS64 (Lot 27026)
This 1901-O VAM 1A consignment coin caught our attention with its Minimum Reserve of $85, while the latest VAMVIEW Pricing Index lists its value as $1000. We don’t know if that’s a misprint, or the coin is some kind of stealth monster. But Van Allen’s published supplement has it as a "Die Gouge in Ear, Clashed Obverse and Double 1." All we can do is describe the coin, which has a smooth, clean cheek on Liberty and unusually lustrous surfaces. Regardless of the variety, this is a PQ PCGS MS64!
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1901-O VAM 1A PCGS MS64 (Lot OD234)
This 1901-O VAM 1A consignment coin caught our attention with its Minimum Reserve of $85, while the latest VAMVIEW Pricing Index lists its value as $1000. We don’t know if that’s a misprint, or the coin is some kind of stealth monster. But Van Allen’s published supplement has it as a "Die Gouge in Ear, Clashed Obverse and Double 1." All we can do is describe the coin, which has a smooth, clean cheek on Liberty and unusually lustrous surfaces. Regardless of the variety, this is a PQ PCGS MS64!
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1901-P Unattributed ANACS AU55 (Lot 18030)
On this particular specimen Liberty’s profile is clearly doubled, but it’s the date that’s the selling point here. Since, certified 1901-P coins in Mint State are basically impossible to find at anything resembling a reasonable cost, AU specimens have become intensely popular with collectors. Indeed, the price of AU specimens has skyrocketed over the past five years. Offered here is a slabbed AU55 example with dark toning on both sides of the coin, but all the detail is there for this Choice AU grade. It may not be your cup of tea, but with the Greysheet price for an AU at almost $300, 1901-P’s are now worth their weight in gold!
$146.25
View This VAM Lot 1901-P Unattributed NGC AU50 (Lot 14026)
This coin comes from a Mike Fey auction, and the back of the NGC slab has some labels that say "VAM 13 or 15"? In any case, 1901-P specimens grading AU or better are rarer than hen’s teeth! And even fewer make it into slabs. So we had to accept this one for consignment purposes. Here, under high magnification the surfaces show contact, but the luster is remarkably strong for a 1901-P and the "look" is Choice AU or better.
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1901-P Unattributed PCGS MS61 (Lot 27024)
Most collectors have probably never even seen a strictly graded Brilliant Uncirculated 1901-P specimen, especially one in a PCGS slab. Indeed, this is the first Mint State example we’ve handled. As most collectors know, the key-date 1901-P is one of the premier condition rarities in the Morgan dollar series. In true MS60 condition, the Greysheet lists it at $2000, but in MS63, the value has skyrocketed all the way up to $15,000. Of course, we’re thrilled to offer this incredible specimen, which is "all there" in terms of luster, strike and appearance!
$1,968.75
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 13 Discovery Coin NGC AU53 (Lot 15024)
As we’ve said before, discovery coins are one of the drivers of the Morgan and Peace dollar markets. Most are relatively obscure and generally low in grade. So here is an important exception to the rule. First of all, this coin is the discovery 1901-P VAM 13, which is rarely if ever encountered. As for its variety features, Liberty’s profile is doubled and it has a C4/C3 doubled Reverse. It’s the first we’ve seen. But there is the added factor that the 1901-P is a better date in AU. In fact, we’ve seen non-variety 1901-P examples sell for $600-$800 in major auctions. Quite attractive for the grade.
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 16 ANACS XF45 (Lot 17024)
This cataloger, as the original discover of the 1901-P VAM 16, found it had the same "doubled ear" obverse as the VAM 5, but had a single Hub reverse. What this means is that instead of a C4/C3 Reverse, it simply had a C4 Reverse. Both VAMs are about the same rarity, although the VAM 16 may turn out to be a bit scarcer. In any case, the 1901-P is one of the highlight dates in the Morgan dollar series, so examples are particularly desirable. The coin offered here does have considerable contact, but lots of luster results in a solid XF specimen.
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 16 PCGS XF40 (Lot 22025)
1901-P is an interesting date. The original mintage was almost 7 million, and yet, even an MS60 specimen is worth over $1800. And who could afford one in MS65, when the Greysheet lists its value at more than $15,000. Unfortunately 1901-P has a number of impressive varieties that we, as VAM collectors, just can’t live without! Enter the VAM 16, which shares the same doubled die obverse as the VAM 5 and is generally worth the same. This PCGS XF40 has a hint of reflectivity in the fields, and good detail. Indeed, the "look" in person is even better than XF40.
$326.50
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 3 ANACS MS60 (Lot 36031)
Since the early days of VAM collecting, certain varieties have remained at the top of collectors’ Want Lists. The 1878 7/8TF VAM 44 comes to mind. The 1901-P VAM 3 "Shifted Eagle" variety offered here is another. But condition and grade are especially important on "Big Time" varieties such as these. The 1901-P "Shifted Eagle" variety is now listed in most price guides intended for non-variety collectors, and the price of an AU specimen (which is considered top of the line) is staggering. Well, here is the first MS60 specimen we’ve seen offered. It’s in an old ANACS holder, and it took our breath away. Now covered in golden brown toning, this amazing example appears to have full luster and a "look" consistent with the grade. Of course, this represents a landmark event in VAM sales, and we’re pleased to offer it here.
$4,218.75
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 3 PCGS AU50 (Lot 37033)
A drum roll, please— Here, we’re thrilled to offer the #1 Morgan dollar Doubled Die Reverse, the 1901-P VAM 3 "Shifted Eagle." Talk about a dramatic variety! The extra row of eagle tail-feather tips puts to shame any of the known 1878-P 7/8TF varieties! And it’s interesting that the breathtaking "Shifted Eagle" feature just happens to be found on a date where the correct grade is critically important. Here, we offer a lustrous, conservatively graded PCGS AU50 VAM 3 specimen, which is a remarkably high grade for this popular variety. Listed in the VAMVIEW pricing guide at $3000 in AU(50), most VAM 3 examples never find their way into PCGS holders, due to surface problems. And they certainly don’t look this good!
$2,025.00
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 3 PCGS AU50 (Lot 46026)
We’d have to be crazy to turn down a 1901-P VAM 3 "Shifted Eagle" variety for one of our auctions, especially in the high grade of PCGS AU50. After all, it’s the most spectacular Morgan dollar variety with a doubled die reverse. Even now, the doubling of the eagle’s tail-feathers invariably produces a chorus of oohs and aahs from collectors. In terms of quality, the VAM 3 is obtainable in low grades up through VF, the population thins out in XF and in AU50 or better the "Shifted Eagle" is a major rarity. Indeed, there must be a reason that the current VAMVIEW Price Guide lists it at $3000 in AU.
$1,406.25
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 3 PCGS AU53 (Lot 39023)
Is there any VAM collector who doesn’t love the 1901-P "Shifted Eagle" variety? Not only is it the #1 doubled die reverse in the Morgan dollar series, but those who seek coins with spectacular variety features that are visible to the naked eye all gravitate to this rarity. Without question, it’s popular and scarce in all grades. And it’s worth noting that as a variety, it was important enough to be listed in the Red Book, as well as most other non-variety pricing guides. Best of all, this attractive PCGS AU53 is near the top of the population range. And since only one Mint State specimen has been slabbed at PCGS thus far, this lustrous Choice AU represents an exciting chance at a "big-time" variety.
$2,587.50
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 3 PCGS AU53 (Lot 40024)
We just love to handle 1901-P VAM 3 "Shifted Eagle" specimens in choice AU condition, as they represent everything VAM collecting is about! First and foremost, the VAM 3 has the number one Doubled Die Reverse in the entire Morgan dollar series. Secondly, the variety has always been highly sought after, particularly in grades above XF. And thirdly, as a Redbook listed variety, even non-variety collectors are enamored with its spectacular doubled row of extra eagle’s feathers on the reverse. And so we’re pleased to offer this PCGS AU53 "Shifted Eagle," which to its credit is extremely lustrous and attractive for the grade. And that’s saying a lot for any 1901-P!
$2,137.50
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 3 PCGS AU55 (Lot 35032)
One glance at this lustrous jewel, and you’d never believe it is a 1901-P. (Looking only at the obverse, you’d check to make sure it wasn’t a 1901-O!) And the fact that it’s the super rare VAM 3 "Shifted Eagle" variety makes it even more astounding. We’d estimate that this PCGS AU55 example is better than 99% of the known "Shifted Eagle" specimens, but one thing we know for sure: PCGS has graded only two higher! The specimen offered here has unusually frosty surfaces without the typically heavy bagmarks or contact. We can even glimpse a hint of reflectivity on the reverse die. Normally, coins like this go to Heritage Auctions to be featured in one of their big sales, so we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to handle this world-class example of the famous "Shifted Eagle" variety.
$3,043.13
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 3 PCGS AU55 (Lot 42024)
There’s no doubt about it, VAMquest Auctions has handled more high-grade 1901-P "Shifted Eagle" rarities than anyone in history. We love the VAM 3, which is highly sought-after by VAM collectors as the #1 doubled die reverse in the entire Morgan dollar series. It’s not only extremely rare in better grades, its two complete sets of eagle feathers on the reverse still produce "oohs and aahs" whenever encountered. Simply put, the specimen offered here, which has been conservatively graded AU55 by PCGS, is among the finest known. In fact, the only surprise is that it has so much luster, you wouldn’t know it was a 1901-P!
$2,476.13
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 5 ANACS XF45 (Lot 24023)
1901-P is a great date for varieties! And this is especially the case for doubled dies. Look no further than the VAM 3 "Shifted Eagle" to get excited about 1901-P doubled dies. And the 1901-P VAM 5 offered here is the HOT 50 counterpart with Liberty displaying a spectacularly doubled ear and eyelid. The downside is the noticeable contact on the cheek and in the fields. But the upside is a coin that’s often marketed for huge sums in today’s marketplace. This piece is priced right!
$185.63
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 5 PCGS AU53 (Lot 39024)
As we’ve often noted, 1901-P is a intriguing date in the Morgan dollar series. Mint State specimens are almost impossible to find, obverse doubled dies abound, and the "Shifted Eagle" reverse is one of the highlights of the TOP 100. As a result, important varieties like this VAM 5 tend to get lost in the shuffle. But the VAM 5 attributes, including its doubled ear on Liberty, are worthy of more attention from collectors, and in that light, we offer a PCGS AU53 VAM 5 example. Seldom found this nice.
$281.25
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 5 PCGS AU53 (Lot 41022)
Have you seen any 1901-P VAM 5’s with brilliant luster, lately? We haven’t either. Yet, this PCGS AU53 is the exception, with its highly lustrous surfaces and its strong design detail. As for the variety, collectors have historically favored doubled die obverses like this, particularly ones with a "doubled ear" feature on Liberty. In terms of quality, it would be very difficult to improve on this high end example, without the bankroll of an Arab sheik. Note that grading is extremely important for the 1901-P, whether it’s a variety or not. A VAM 5 is listed in VAMVIEW at $400 in AU(50) and $1200 in AU58.
$320.63
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 5 PCGS AU55 (Lot 49029)
The 1901-P VAM 5, along with its VAM 16 counterpart, remains under the radar of many collectors. After all, 1901-P as a date is so expensive in Mint State that most collectors are simply priced out of the market. So, AU examples become the likely target. And this is true for variety collectors, as well. No wonder the VAM 5 is listed in VAMVIEW at $400 in AU(50) and $1200 in AU58. Here, advanced collectors will appreciate the frosty, fully original toning.
$365.63
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 5 PCGS VF35 (Lot 27025)
From time to time, collectors have told us they are interested in obtaining s so-called "reference coin," which simply means the coin would be a place-holder until a higher grade specimen becomes available. We consider this 1901-P VAM 5=2 0just such a coin. Yet the VAM 5 is so scarce in all grades, the fact that it’s already in a PCGS holder may make it a permanent "keeper." In any case, there is a hint of reflectivity on this one, the design detail looks "XF," and the overall coin is surprisingly attractive for the grade.
$123.75
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 5 PCGS XF45 (Lot OD133)
The 1901-P VAM 5, with its doubled ear and doubled eyelid, is a "big-time" Morgan dollar variety. It’s rarely encountered, and when it is, it’s usually in the Fine to XF40 range. So, acquiring an attractive XF45 specimen in a PCGS holder is an important event. We are not aware of any Mint State examples, and higher grade, untoned specimens like this often bring huge premiums in today’s marketplace. Best of all, this VAM 5 is quite conservatively graded, and could easily reside in an AU50 holder, with its lustrous surfaces and excellent detail. In short, it would be difficult to find a VAM 5 specimen in a higher grade, and it probably wouldn’t look anywhere near as good!
$523.13
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 5 PCGS XF45 (Lot 33033)
The 1901-P VAM 5 is a nice combination of rare date and rare variety. Also, the fact that the "Doubled Ear" variety feature is so easily visible further adds to its appeal. Worth mentioning is the fact that this obverse was used with another reverse to produce the VAM 16, and both are highly desirable. Here, the 1901-P VAM 5 is all-white and very conservatively graded.
$180.00
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 6 ANACS AU55 (Lot 11035)
Are you a fan of lustrous 1901-P silver dollars? Then here is the coin for you. Specialists know that strong luster is exceedingly rare on any 1901-P, as most examples are dull and lifeless. But here is the exception. This Choice AU specimen is quite attractive, and considering that MS60 coins are listed in the Greysheet at $1600, it’s a steal at this price. Throw in the fact that the VAM 6 has an interesting C4/C3 Dual Hub reverse, and you’ve got a prescription for a highly desirable specimen!
$292.50
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 7 PCGS AU53 (Lot OD221)
If it weren’t for the presence of the 1901-P VAM 3 "Shifted Eagle" variety, the 1901-P VAM 7 would be king! The doubling on the reverse is simply incredible, which is why it’s part of the newly released, HIT LIST 40. Based on the feedback we’ve received, many collectors are currently assembling sets, where the top available grade for the VAM 7 is AU. And considering the price of Mint State 1901-P specimens, PCGS AU53 is basically top-of-the-line for this rare variety. This desirable example displays solid luster and the high standards of a PCGS AU specimen.
$894.38
View This VAM Lot 1901-P VAM 9 ANACS MS60 (New Holder) (Lot 8047)
It’s been said, only half jokingly, that every 1901-P came out of the Mint in AU condition! As a result, Mint State 1901-P specimens are as rare as hen’s teeth! When was the last time you saw one? And to sweeten the deal, this example has an interesting C4/C3 Dual Hub Reverse. There’s lots of luster here, which is unusual for a 1901-P, and if you covered the date, you wouldn’t even guess it’s a 1901-P. This specimen, which is ultra-rare and desirable, is THAT nice!
$1,350.00
View This VAM Lot 1902-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 7056)
We didn’t bother with the attribution on this one, because it just didn’t seem to matter. Why? The coin was so gorgeous we just couldn’t pass it up! If all MS63’s looked like this PCGS specimen, we’d be happy to buy them all up! It’s that amazing for the grade.
$47.25
View This VAM Lot 1902-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 10054)
We latched on to this golden-toned 1902-O, when we found it in a PCGS MS63 holder. It’s a beauty that would easily sell as MS64 outside the slab, and it’s guaranteed to make some bidder exceedingly happy. The obverse is almost entirely devoid of marks, Liberty’s cheek is smooth, the luster is outstanding and the "look" of both obverse and reverse is strictly Gem BU.
$36.00
View This VAM Lot 1902-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 13036)
It would be almost impossible to find a better MS63 Morgan dollar! That may be saying a lot, but this coin is so gorgeous and so conservatively graded that the buyer will probably take one look, rejoice at his good fortune and bust it out! In any case, we could offer a string of superlatives to describe this beauty, but the Minimum Bid will do the talking!
$39.75
View This VAM Lot 1902-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 14028)
Those who have purchased unattributed PCGS coins in our past auctions know that these hand-picked beauties are spectacular. That’s the only reason they are in the auction! Once again, this specimen lives up to its billing. It has the "look" of an MS65 Morgan, there’s lots of luster, and the obverse is Semi Proof-like, while the reverse is fully Proof-like.
$55.13
View This VAM Lot 1902-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 24024)
Question: When is an MS65 not an MS65? Answer: When it’s in a PCGS MS63 holder! We love to offer this type of coin at a Minimum Bid of $1 in our VAMquest Auctions, since the holder alone is worth $25. But more importantly, we picked out a coin that is so under-graded that whoever buys it will long remember it as an "amazing" deal here at VAMquest. The surfaces are faultless, the luster is booming, and the fields are stunningly semi proof-like. We can guarantee that MS63 never looked so good!
$33.75
View This VAM Lot 1902-O VAM 12 ANACS MS64 (Lot 5047)
Here is an MS65 coin masquerading as an MS64, or at least that is how it looks. It takes some close inspection to find a single significant mark on the coin’s surfaces. The principal diagnostic for the VAM 12 is Liberty’s doubled profile. It’s not just doubled, it’s shifted more than I can remember seeing on other 1902-O varieties. In any case, it is dramatic. And as was already mentioned, this is amazing quality.
$50.63
View This VAM Lot 1902-O VAM 25 ANACS MS64 (Lot 20031)
Here is one of the varieties that made its way into the next VAM Attribution Book, the HIT LIST 40. Scheduled for release early next year, this compilation of important Morgan dollar varieties not included in the TOP 100 and HOT 50 will hopefully add some spice to the VAM market. The 1902-O "Doubled Ear" listing will include the VAM 25 variety offered here. One look at Liberty’s strongly doubled ear and eyelid, and you can see why it made the list! Some scattered contact on Liberty’s face is all that detracts from this frosty example. (And check out the VAMVIEW listed varlue!)
$203.63
View This VAM Lot 1902-O VAM 25 PCGS MS63 (Lot 38025)
Not exactly the rarest coin in the Hit List 40, the 1902-O VAM 25 is nevertheless necessary for the PCGS Registry. As for the variety feature, the doubling above Liberty’s ear and under her eyelid is extremely strong. Put in perspective, "Doubled Ear" varieties have been part of the mainstream of VAM collecting since the very beginning, and they have allure even today. This Mint State example, which has strong luster, a few marks and lots of appeal, is quite attractive and has been graded MS63 by PCGS.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1902-O VAM 25 PCGS MS64 (Lot 30028)
Here is a gorgeous 1902-O VAM 25 specimen for those who collectors who are attracted to dramatic "Doubled Ear" varieties in the Morgan dollar series (and there are a lot of them!). This Hit List 40 specimen has a creamy, lustrous cheek that at first glance has to be graded at least MS66! In fact, considering how attractive the rest of the coin is, MS64 is an ultra-conservative grade for this amazing example, with its frosty surfaces and lack of distracting marks.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1902-O VAM 42 ANACS MS65 (Lot 16031)
Okay, here’s a quiz. What 1902-O variety has a Doubled Eyelid, Doubled Ear and 2-Olive Reverse? We weren’t sure either, but the consignor identified this specimen as the VAM 42. All we can say is that we bet you don’t have one! The grade is MS65, with a clean, smooth cheek on Liberty, nice luster and a typically strong strike. If anyone has a better 1902-O VAM 42, we’d like to hear about it!
$191.25
View This VAM Lot 1902-O VAM 9 PCGS MS64 (Lot 4048)
The VAM 9 is a particularly interesting variety as it can boast of both a doubled die obverse and a doubled die reverse. On the obverse, Liberty’s profile is strongly doubled from the forehead, down to the lips and chin. Van Allen notes doubling on the left stars and "E PLU" of E PLURIBUS, as well. On the reverse, the tops of "In God We Trust" are doubled, as are the bottom insides of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Whew! The lustrous surfaces of the coin are its best selling point, but vertical Planchet striations on the obverse are noted. PCGS obviously didn’t think they impact the grade. In any case, this is a nice specimen of an interesting variety.
$46.13
View This VAM Lot 1902-O/O VAM 8 PCI MS63 (Lot 9052)
If you like dramatic Repunched Mintmarks, then the 1902-O/O should be near the top of the list! Usually, the sparse remains of an RPM are hard to see, but here, the first "O" is clearly visible under the final "O." The resulting O/O is spectacular, and the VAM 8 is one of the best 1902-O varieties. Normally, we don’t list PCI coins, but this coin was a worthy exception, with its outstanding luster, sharp variety feature and a reverse that grades MS65. The holder says it all — "MS63 PQ."
$45.00
View This VAM Lot 1902-P VAM 16 SEGS AU58 Discovery Coin (Lot 6045)
Over the past several years, common date VAM "Discovery Coins" have been listed on EBay for absurd prices, which sometimes exceed a thousand dollars. So, when this scarcer coin was consigned to us at a reasonable price, we jumped at the chance to include it. This 1902-P is the original coin to which Van Allen assigned VAM 16. Liberty’s profile is doubled from the forehead down to the neck, hence the "Doubled Liberty Head" moniker. And on the reverse, many of the letters in UNITED STATES are tripled at the bottom insides. It’s an amazing new variety! In a SEGS holder labeled AU58, this interesting coin is a no-question Choice AU.
$315.00
View This VAM Lot 1902-P VAM 4 PCGS AU55 (Lot 11036)
The 1902-P VAM 4 has been a leader of the pack in terms of desirability for decades, and this "Doubled Ear" variety remains high on the Hit Lists of collectors today. This specimen was purchased as an MS62, which places it among the best known examples. But unfortunately for the consignor, when it was submitted to PCGS, it came back AU55. What’s so special about this VAM 4? It has spectacular luster for a 1902-P, its surfaces are semi PL, it’s rare and it’s gorgeous!
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1902-P VAM 4 PCGS AU55 (Lot 12048)
In a round-table discussion at one of the SSDC meetings at a recent ANA convention, the room full of participants was asked their opinion as to the Top 10 varieties in the TOP 100. The 1902-P VAM 4 was on just about everyone’s list! That was the good news for this consignor. The bad news was that the attractive coin he purchased as an MS62 came back AU55 from PCGS. Does the coin look MS62? No question. The graders may have focused on the weak strike, but the 1902-P VAM 4 always comes weakly struck. In any case, this fully lustrous specimen is extremely attractive and highly desirable.
$292.50
View This VAM Lot 1903-O VAM 4 ANACS MS64 (Lot 3044)
1903-O silver dollars, as a date, have had a tumultuous history in numismatics. At one time they were among the absolute rarest, most expensive dates in the entire Morgan dollar set. Then, when the government hoard of bags of silver dollars was dispersed in the 1960s, this date was found among them, and prices retreated. But can you believe it? Today, a VF specimen is worth $300, an XF is $310, etc. But according to the GreySheet, MS64 is only $365, so apparently, just having a specimen is the key to the date. Too bad this example is simply gorgeous.
$337.50
View This VAM Lot 1904-O Rotated Reverse NCS Uncirculated (Cleaned) (Lot 3049)
This specimen shows a tremendous clock-wise rotation on the reverse of more than 200 degrees. Actually, calling these types of varieties "Rotated Reverses" is a misnomer, since either obverse or reverse could be the culprit that originally rotated in the coining press. So, this cataloger prefers "Rotated Dies" as a designation. In any case, this example finds itself in a Numismatic Conservation Service holder, which is the conservation arm of NGC. The reason is that the coin was at some point seriously cleaned, resulting in surfaces that appear lustrous, but un-natural. That said, this coin looks remarkably like a number of the coins sold as BU on any coin show bourse floor!
$156.38
View This VAM Lot 1904-O Unattributed NGC MS63 (Lot 15025)
If you like your coins with a hint of golden brown toning around the periphery as an indicator that the coin is "original," then this breath-taking MS63 is the coin for you! It was so nice, we didn’t even bother to attribute it. Nice luster and eye appeal.
$38.25
View This VAM Lot 1904-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 14029)
Here’s another bonus for those who are interested in a bargain. The attractive 1904-O Morgan offered here was graded MS63 by PCGS, and it’s everything you’d expect in a PQ silver dollar. Of course, the Minimum Bid of $1 harkens back to the days of Wild West when these cartwheels traded hands at face value. Wonderful quality and a good deal!
$70.88
View This VAM Lot 1904-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 22026)
There’s a reason that PCGS coins often obtain higher prices in the marketplace — they tend to be higher-end coins when compared to those in other holders with the same grade. Here’s a case in point. The bright luster on this 1904-O jumps out at the viewer, and at arm’s length you’d swear you have an MS66 specimen! But it’s not an MS66, rather it’s an amazing MS63 with smooth white frost across Liberty’s cheek and considerable eye appeal.
$48.38
View This VAM Lot 1904-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 28023)
We just couldn’t refuse this coin, as it was literally too good to pass up at this price. The obverse is deeply reflective and the reverse is almost a full proof-like. In fact, this specimen would probably have been considered DMPL in years past. And that makes this spectacular specimen something special, especially in a PCGS MS63 holder.
$33.75
View This VAM Lot 1904-O Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot 12050)
The state of preservation on this 1904-O is so high, we didn’t bother to attribute it. There’s no point, as this PCGS MS64 is premium quality all the way. The jewel-like luster on both sides is exceptional and marks of any kind are at a minimum. In fact, a few years ago this would have been a no-question MS65. We’ll let PCGS do the grading, but this one is from an old-time collection, where the flip says MS67!
$68.06
View This VAM Lot 1904-O Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot 16032)
This golden beauty should thrill anyone enamored with toning on U.S. silver dollars! As is typical of PCGS MS64 examples, the surfaces are consistently superb. And adding to its appeal, the reverse is Proof-Like. The least that can be said is that it would be difficult to improve on this stunning MS64!
$50.63
View This VAM Lot 1904-O Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot 25034)
For those looking to acquire absolute top-end quality at a modest price, this 1904-O may be just the ticket! The PCGS holder says MS64, but most would agree that MS64 rarely looks this good! Liberty’s cheek is frosty, the surfaces are lustrous, and the "look" is awesome. Could you ever do better than this? Not at this Minimum Reserve!
$68.60
View This VAM Lot 1904-O Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot 26023)
The quality of this 1904-O is undeniable, with its white, frosty surfaces on both obverse and reverse. Of course, collectors pay big premiums for PCGS MS64 coins, when they’re available. Why? Because they’re often the same coins that end up in someone else’s MS65 holders at three times the money! The super-attractive specimen offered here is a premium coin in every respect.
$52.88
View This VAM Lot 1904-O Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot OD252)
The quality of this 1904-O is undeniable, with its white, frosty surfaces on both obverse and reverse. Of course, collectors pay big premiums for PCGS MS64 coins, when they’re available. Why? Because they’re often the same coins that end up in someone else’s MS65 holders at three times the money! The super-attractive specimen offered here is a premium coin in every respect.
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1904-O Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot 42025)
The quality of this 1904-O is undeniable, with its white, frosty surfaces on both obverse and reverse. Of course, collectors sometimes pay big premiums for PCGS MS64 coins, when they’re available. Why? Because they’re often the same coins that end up in someone else’s MS65 holders at three times the money! This impressive specimen, which is super-attractive, has a virtually unmarked cheek on Liberty and flashy luster. And check out the reserve!
$91.13
View This VAM Lot 1904-O VAM 2 ANACS MS63 (Lot 8049)
The VAM 2, also known as the "Bar O" variety, is one of the more interesting 1904-O varieties. In fact, it is the only Repunched Mintmark of significance. And this specimen will not disappoint the buyer. The surfaces are silky smooth and surface marks are minimal. And there’s golden toning around the periphery that insures that the coin is "original" in every regard. In fact, the more you look at this gorgeous coin, the harder it is to understand why it isn’t in an MS64 holder!
$36.00
View This VAM Lot 1904-O VAM 4B PCGS MS62 (Lot 32024)
Coins listed as part of the Hit List 40 have hit the ground running, and in the process, Clashed Die varieties like this 1904-O VAM 4B have entered the spotlight. And who wouldn’t respond to a variety with the moniker, "Fish Hook" variety! But on the downside, the 1904-O VAM 4B is one of the more common Hit List 40 varieties, even though the VAM 4B can be difficult to find. That said, this somewhat baggy example is certainly priced right, since the Minimum Reserve is about the cost of the slab & the shipping to and from PCGS.
$86.63
View This VAM Lot 1904-O VAM 4B PCGS MS64 (Lot 37034)
You’ve got to love the name: The 1904-O "Fish Hook" variety. The VAM 4B moniker takes more imagination than I possess, but it’s a killer name for a super clashed die variety. But let’s cut to the chase: Although the coin offered here is frosty, with smooth even luster, the photo makes it look like a "clunker." So, the reserve has been set at $10. However, this coin is better (actually much, much better!) than it looks, and we’d be amazed if the buyer wasn’t shocked at how attractive the coin is when he or she receives it in the mail!
$113.63
View This VAM Lot 1904-O/O VAM 10A PCGS MS64 (Lot 7057)
Attention Die State aficionados. Here’s a simply amazing coin with a unique shattered reverse die. And there’s more. It’s the only Repunched Mintmark I see listed among the more than forty cataloged 1904-O varieties. The mintmark is doubled at the bottom right, and the shattered die is particularly acute between the "ST" of STATES and the wing. Most importantly, this may be the first time the VAM 10A has been offered for sale. In addition, the example here may well be the finest known specimen of this R-6 rarity. Welcome to this super variety in a spectacular grade.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1904-P Unlisted PCGS MS61 (Lot 5048)
At one time the 1904-P was considered a common coin and carried very little premium. But now the date is worth more than double the price of the truly common silver dollars, even in low grade Mint State condition. We were attracted to this specimen because it was so appealing for the grade. You won’t find a better MS61 in or out of a PCGS holder.
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1904-P VAM 5 NGC MS63 (Lot 3045)
As a date, the 1904-P has been, in our opinion, quite under-valued. Only recently has its true scarcity been widely recognized, and today, in MS63 condition it’s listed in the GreySheet for $225. This is a far cry from its $60 price in MS60. The point is that the 1904-P is what specialists call a condition rarity. In fact, MS65 is now $2,700! This one is a stunning beauty.
$196.88
View This VAM Lot 1921 (Peace) VAM 3 PCGS MS64 (Lot 34030)
There’s something special about the 1921 VAM 3 Peace dollar. First of all, it’s a key date that historically has generated lots of excitement. In addition, the re-cutting of the ray that runs through the "L" of DOLLAR on this variety is absolutely unique. No wonder the VAM collecting community went crazy about this variety when it was first discovered. Indeed, this high relief specimen with its smooth, even luster, is highly desirable, particularly in a PCGS MS64 holder offered at Greysheet Bid.
$646.88
View This VAM Lot 1921 High Relief (Peace Dollar) VAM 3 PCGS MS64 (Lot OD212)
Popularity for the TOP 50 Peace dollar varieties has literally exploded over the past decade, and nowhere is it more noticeable than at the top end of the market. In particular, the value of TOP 50 specimens in PCGS holders has taken off into the stratosphere. Part of this popularity may be the result of the PCGS Registry, which lists the finest sets of coins. In this light, it’s not surprising that the 1921 High Relief VAM 3 example offered here is something special. With dusky toning and excellent detail for a 1921, this "Line thru L" specimen may well be among the top examples known. Indeed, similar examples have sold for as much as $1750.
$731.25
View This VAM Lot 1921 Peace Dollar VAM 1H PCGS MS62 (Lot 7061)
Struck from Satin Proof Dies. The excitement here is that after new dies were first used to strike so-called Satin Proofs in the Arts & Medals back room, they were taken out to the main coining room to be used for circulation strikes. The VAM 1H is the result. What do you look for? There are fine diagonal polishing lines around "OD WE" in GOD WE, as well as under the "T" of TRUST and under the last "1" in the date. The popularity of these specimens took off after their discovery, and now they’re on the Hit List of many Peace dollar specialists. And we should add that this eye-catching example is in a PCGS holder.
$337.50
View This VAM Lot 1921-D VAM 1A PCGS AU55 (Lot 11039)
Ah, the "Tru-t" variety! Collectors have sought this variety for decades, with its filled "s" in TRUST on the reverse. Why is it so popular? Because it’s qute rare and the spectacular variety feature can be readily seen by the naked eye. No electron microscope needed! The semi Proof Like specimen offered here is exceedingly attractive, and if sold raw, would undoubtedly be labeled an MS62. The luster is excellent and there is nothing to distract the eye.
$349.88
View This VAM Lot 1921-D VAM 1A PCGS MS63 (Lot 15027)
Nearly every VAM collector has the 1921-D VAM 1A "Tru-t" variety on his Hit List. The "S" in the word TRUST on the reverse was filled on the die, so that coins struck from this die show only a very week "s." It’s similar to the famous 1922 Plain Lincoln cent, which is one of the keys to that series. Likewise, the 1921-D VAM 1A is rare and quite valuable. And look at the accompanying photo. This "Tru-t" specimen is spectacular. VAMquest is proud to offer this PCGS MS63 example.
$1,131.19
View This VAM Lot 1921-D VAM 1A PCGS MS64 (Lot 28026)
How many collectors have heard of a 1921-D VAM 1A, Tru-t Variety in PCGS MS64? Not many! This ultra-popular variety sits near the top of many collector Want Lists and a PCGS specimen in this high grade is seldom, if ever, encountered. That said, this semi proof-like example is a "monster" coin with bluish reflective surfaces and incredible eye appeal. Indeed, we’re always proud to offer the "best of the best."
$1,096.89
View This VAM Lot 1921-D VAM 1B PCGS MS62 (Lot 11040)
OK. It’s hard to get excited about a 21-D VAM 1B, but the "Capped R" variety remains both interesting and popular with collectors. Few collectors realize that it has an ultra-rare late die state designated the VAM 1B-2, a filled die sub-variety. The surfaces on the VAM 1B-1 specimen in this auction show exceedingly bold luster and a needle-sharp strike, both of which are unusual on a 1921-D, and overall this specimen has the "look" of a much higher grade.
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1921-D VAM 1B PCGS MS62 (Lot 25035)
The ground-breaking "Fun with 21" book by Rob Joyce shined a bright spotlight on 1921-D varieties, and he’s to be commended for his efforts. Interestingly, only one 21-D made it into the TOP 100 listings, the VAM 1A "Tru-t" variety," and another one was selected for the HOT 50, the VAM 1B offered here. The VAM 1B is available in all circulated grades, is much scarcer in MS61-63, and is actually rare in MS64. Besides the fact that many of these were used in circulation, the general quality of the strike is so poor, they generally wouldn’t grade much higher than MS62, even if you bought one directly from the Denver Mint in 1921! This specimen is outstanding for the grade, with superb luster and the "look" of an MS64. In fact, a few years ago this one would have been sold as a raw MS64+. In any case, the current cost of a PCGS holder with VAM designation plus shipping is over $50. So, how about an almost free coin—
$124.88
View This VAM Lot 1921-D VAM 1BS NGC MS62 Discovery Coin (Lot 5052)
In the last auction we sold the discovery coin for the new 1921-S VAM 1S with a bit of pitting around and to the left of the "S" mintmark. Here is the second, and last, of two remarkable discoveries. The 1921-D VAM 1BS shows raised dots of metal around the mintmark, as well as inside the "O" of dollar. To any collector who is assembling a set of "rusted die" varieties, he or she would have to have this variety. Good luck. To say the VAM 1BS is "rare" would be an understatement, since there may be no other specimens known except for this one discovery piece. This late die state, with die cracks at K-3 on the obverse and at K-2 on the reverse, is a one-of-a-kind rarity in an NGC holder.
$253.13
View This VAM Lot 1921-D VAM 1G NGC MS64 (Lot 3048)
1921-D has been a virtual gold field for new discoveries involving die states. The reason is simple. The 3 Mints in operation in 1921 were called upon to produce ten of millions of U.S. silver dollars, and the resulting necessity was to use the dies long past the time they should have been retired. Enter the VAM 1G. This pair of dies continued to strike coins even after they developed massive die cracks around the periphery. The result is spectacular. What’s special here is not only the variety, but also the grade and condition of this example. Both sides show jewel-like luster with golden brown toning at the edges. It’s an interesting VAM in uncommon condition.
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1921-D VAM 1H ANACS AU53 (Lot 6047)
This is precisely the type of coin many collectors like to pick up. In fact, this scarce coin is from the Jim Hart Collection. If you don’t own a VAM 1H, then here is a nice looking Choice AU specimen to fill the slot. And it’s dirt cheap! If you’re not specializing in 1921-dated coinage, this coin makes lots of sense. The VAM 1H has a double break between the second and third stars to the left of the date. Van Allen has assigned it an R-7 rarity rating, which puts it up in the stratosphere when it comes to rarity. In terms of condition, this specimen displays only a hint of rub, and would more likely be seen raw as an MS62. Very little risk and lots of rarity make a good combination—.
$39.38
View This VAM Lot 1921-D VAM 1N PCGS MS62 (Lot 30030)
1921-D Morgan dollars represent some of the most fertile ground in the Morgan dollar series for those who collect Die Break varieties. And one of the most desirable is the 1921-D VAM 1N "Unicorn" variety. Beginning as a Die Break arcing up from the D in UNITED, the reverse die finally broke at that location and shifted, so that a raised "cud" Die Break formed along the tops of the letters in UNITED up to the rim. This example shows contact consistent with the grade, but has solid luster.
$146.28
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Mint Error PCGS MS64 (Lot OD201)
If one were inclined to construct whimsical names for different silver dollar specimens, then this 1921-P with Retained Lamination might be labeled the "Broken Wing" specimen. This type of error is caused by impurities in the silver alloy, which when subjected to heat, separate and turn black during striking. In this case, the lamination started at the eagle’s neck and ran down along the junction of the right wing and body. Of course, each Mint Error such as this is unique, and that’s what makes them so interesting. Regarding the quality of the coin, this PCGS MS64 is rock-solid for the grade, with outstanding luster and strong detail for a 1921-P.
$73.13
View This VAM Lot 1921-P PCGS Sample Slab No Grade (Lot 7060)
Here’s one you’ve probably never seen, since we haven’t either! It’s a PCGS Promotion Slab of the type they gave out originally with no-value cents, nickels, dimes and occasionally quarters. But this holder contains a U.S. silver dollar, and it’s the first we’ve encountered! No, it’s not worth a fortune, but for those VAM guys who like to pick up Morgan dollar related memorabilia, this may be a one-time opportunity.
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Rotated Reverse NGC MS65 (Lot 3050)
The clock-wise rotation here is only 10% to 15%, so I would call this one interesting, but not worthy of a heavy premium. Die cracks are prominently visible around the periphery on both obverse and reverse, and this 16-Berry reverse is unattributed. Two tiny carbon spots on the reverse are noted, but it wasn’t enough for NGC to not assign the coin an MS65 grade. And the coin itself is quite attractive. White cheek and satiny fields give this specimen excellent eye appeal.
$135.00
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Unattributed ANACS MS64 (Lot 16034)
We accepted this coin for one reason: We appreciate 1921-P, D & S coins in Choice MS64 condition. Why? The re-designed Morgan dollar motif in 1921 was terrible. The engraving was sloppy and the Mints were mandated to strike so many coins that dies were used long after they would have normally been retired. Poor quality control was the rule of the day, so few of the millions of coins would grade above MS63 today. This coin breaks the rule, as it has frosty surfaces and a much sharper strike than is normally found. Nice for the grade.
$28.13
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Unattributed ANACS MS64 (Lot OD137)
We accepted this coin for one reason: We appreciate 1921-P, D & S coins in Choice MS64 condition. Why? The re-designed Morgan dollar motif in 1921 was terrible. The engraving was sloppy and the Mints were mandated to strike so many coins that dies were used long after they would have normally been retired. Poor quality control was the rule of the day, so few of the millions of coins would grade above MS63 today. This coin breaks the rule, as it has frosty surfaces and a much sharper strike than is normally found. Nice for the grade.
$33.75
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Unattributed NGC MS62 (Lot 15026)
The attraction of this coin is that the surfaces are semi Proof-Like, bordering on full PL. That alone was enough for us to want to offer the coin in one of the VAMquest Auctions. After all, how often do you see PL or DMPL 1921-P Morgans! The way the price of silver is escalating at the time of this writing, the "melt value" of this attractive NGC specimen could exceed the Minimum Bid!
$22.50
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Unattributed NGC MS63 (Lot 10056)
You might ask, why in the world would we include a generic 1921-P dollar in the auction? We’ll answer with a question, When was the last time you saw a breath-taking semi proof-like 1921-P in an MS63 holder? Think about it. With the frosty cheek on Liberty and the reflective fields on both sides, we just couldn’t pass it up!
$28.13
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Unattributed NGC MS66 (Lot 9054)
No, it’s not a mis-print! This specimen really is in an NGC MS66 holder! 1921-P coins are, of course, known for their weak strikes, horrible surfaces and overall lack of quality. But here we offer the exception to the rule. This 1921-P is the only MS66 we’ve seen in months and if you like quality like we do, then it is irresistible. We didn’t even bother to attribute the coin. Whatever it is, this example should start the blood pounding in your numismatic veins, with its frosty, clean surfaces and stunning appearance. Cover up the date and you wouldn’t know it’s a 1921-P.
$562.50
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Unattributed PCGS MS64 (Lot 36034)
We sometimes worry that beginning collectors will be completely priced out of the silver dollar market. So here is an attractive 1921-P in a PCGS MS64 holder where the Reserve is $10. It has an exceptionally good strike for a 21-P, the luster is unusually strong and vibrant, and there are few, if any, distracting bagmarks. So, someone’s going to get a good deal on this one!
$47.25
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 1D/30 ANACS AU53 (Lot OD075)
The holder says "VAM 1D" but the Van Allen supplement indicates that the variety has now been incorporated into VAM 30. However, there may be changes even after that. In any case, a collector who wants to sort this out may find a coin with light pitting under the arrowheads interesting. And while this specimen is in an AU53 ANACS holder, there are enough "hits" and contact marks to make that grade questionable in our minds. So, we suggested a Minimum Bid of about bullion melt value plus the cost of the slab, and the consignor agreed.
$33.75
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 21 ANACS MS61 (Lot 7059)
The bottom edges of the stars to the left of the date on this variety show doubling toward the rim, which is indicative of a doubled die. We cannot recall seeing another VAM 21 in the marketplace, and Van Allen’s R-5 rarity rating signifies his opinion that this variety is far from common. In any case, the specimen here is a no-question Unc with golden toning on both sides and remarkably few contact marks for an MS61. In fact, there is only one bag mark worth noting on the obverse, so it isn’t exactly clear why ANACS graded this one as low as they did. Most importantly, this unusual 1921-P variety is priced cheap.
$22.50
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 25A PCGS MS64 (Lot 48035)
How could any silver dollar dated 1921 be worth more than its bullion value? If it's a wide reeded variety, it actually transforms into a highly desirable variety. The 1921-P VAM 25A offered here is one of those infrequently reeded varieties, and it's in a PCGS MS64 holder. To most of us, that's an attractive combination.
$185.63
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 27A PCGS MS63 (Lot 31022)
Wide Reeding varieties from 1921 hold a special place in the hearts of VAM specialists. Why? Most die varieties deal with features on the obverse or reverse of the coin, but here, it’s the reeding on the edge that’s important. One of this cataloger’s personal 1921-P favorites in the late die state VAM 27A. Not only is the reeding only 157 reeds (like all 1921 Wide Reeding varieties), but the upper area of the reverse shows extensive die polishing that is unique among these varieties. Grade-wise, this specimen was submitted to PCGS for an MS64 grade, but came back MS63. Even so, it has booming luster and strong eye appeal.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3 ANACS MS60 (Lot 4053)
As a grade, MS60 is usually the dregs. By that I mean that specimens grading MS60 are either so heavily abraided with contact marks or they really aren’t uncirculated. Well, this MS60 coin is not only truly Mint State, but its surfaces are far above average. Then, why the grade? The high relief 1921 Peace dollar is most often very weakly struck. That’s the reason the relief was lowered in 1922. And that may account for why this beautiful specimen was graded MS60. The VAM 3, itself, is a HOT 50 variety with a unique re-engraving of one of the reverse rays. Exceedingly attractive for the grade.
$219.38
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3 NGC MS62 (Lot 23022)
There is nothing quite like the 1921 VAM 3 in the U.S. Peace dollar series. Apparently, in 1921 the design on one reverse die was noticeably altered, so that the ray th at runs under the first "L" in DOLLAR was re-engraved to run through the "L." The result was a unique die variety, which is highly prized by today’s collectors. In fact, most collectors would grade this VAM 3 as an MS63, with its even luster and nice eye appeal, but the key is that the Greysheet price for an MS60 non-variety is $215!
$248.06
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3 PCGS MS63 (Lot 35035)
Among coin collectors, the 1921 Peace dollar developed a mystique the moment it was introduced in early 1922, and it continues to this day. Indeed, it is a unique "type" coin with high relief features. And it’s been considered a key Peace dollar date all along. Fast forward to the 1990’s, when Peace dollar die varieties first became important, the VAM 3 was one of the first to receive wide-spread acclaim. Specimens like this PCGS MS63 are in high demand, because the price of the underlying coin becomes an issue in MS64 and MS65. Where strike is the issue, this example clearly shows the re-engraving of the sun ray through the "L" of DOLLAR.
$433.13
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3A-2 ANACS MS63 (Lot OD017)
As a date, 1921 has provided a treasure trove of interesting varieties. Indeed, a quick perusal of the VAM Book will supply a 1921 Hit List that will keep you busy for years. Here we offer an unusual variety, the VAM 3A with "Spiked Tail Feather" reverse. This dramatic die gouge is part of a three die state sequence. The VAM 3A-2 is the second state, which is characterized by a lump of metal on top of the "R" in DOLLAR. Van Allen assigned it an R-6 rarity rating, and it’s seldom encountered. And what about the coin, itself? It has extraordinary frost and is conservatively graded at MS63.
$50.63
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3C ANACS AU58 With Rim Clip (Lot 19029)
This cataloger has always been a big fan of VAM varieties with Planchet or Striking errors. Here we offer a 1921-P VAM 3C with Pitted Die Reverse, that also has a Rim Clip plus a Lamination error. That’s quite a combination! The luster is a bit subdued, but the detail for AU58 is all there. And a few scratches in the left field on the reverse are all that detract. But you can’t take away the fact that this is an interesting specimen!
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3C/3G PCGS MS63 (Lot 28024)
What used to be called the VAM 3G, is now the VAM 3C, with pitting on the lower reverse around the LL of DOLLAR and around the UN of UNITED. And what a specimen it is! With incredible eye appeal for a 1921-P, this HOT 50 example warranted a PCGS MS63 grade, and is particularly attractive. In fact, there are very few marks and the luster is the best we’ve seen on this variety.
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3E ANACS MS63 (Lot 19030)
The same consignor who provided the last lot, the 1921-P VAM 3C with Pitted Reverse and Rim Clip, also consigned this lot, a 1921-P VAM 3E with Pitted Reverse. Here the coin has wonderful luster for a 21-P and detail worthy of the grade. Looking for 1921-P with Pitted Reverse? You'd be hard pressed to find a better one than this!
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3E PCGS MS64 (Lot 49030)
There are collectors who've been picking up PCGS MS63 and MS64 1921-P "Pitted Reverse" varieties. Why? These VAMs are currently "out of favor" and historically, that's often a great time to acquire coins. Many of these varieties, including this VAM 3E, show strong, naked-eye variety features. And the value of this PCGS MS64 is currently only a moderate premium over its sheet listing.
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3F-(3) PCGS MS62 (Lot 29027)
VAM fanatics will appreciate the 1921-P VAM 3F-3. It’s got pitting around the "A" of DOLLAR on the lower reverse. It has a diagnostic die crack through the "M" of AMERICA. And most noteworthy, it shows the remains of a denticle clash next to the "M." As for this specimen, the photograph clearly puts it in the running for the Ugly Betty contest, but it actually looks much better in person, since it wouldn’t get into an MS62 PCGS holder, otherwise. But we suggest purchasing it for its research value, not its looks!
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3F-3 ANACS AU55 (Lot 21024)
VAM collecting has gotten a bit more technical over the years. The 1921-P VAM 3F is a case in point. This "Pitted Die" variety has been sought after for the light die pitting on the reverse. Then it was discovered that another variety (VAM 3K), which had a die gouge running across the base of the eagle’s right wing, is actually the early die state of VAM 3F, so the two were combined. And finally a third later die state was found, which displays denticle impressions. Whew! The ANACS label here says this coin is VAM 3F-3. It certainly is a very late die state, but I don’t see the denticle impressions. So, we’ll just call this one a VAM 3F, with light wear and good luster for the AU55 grade.
$50.63
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3F-3 ANACS AU55 (Lot OD333)
VAM collecting has gotten a bit more technical over the years. The 1921-P VAM 3F is a case in point. This "Pitted Die" variety has been sought after for the light die pitting on the reverse. Then it was discovered that another variety (VAM 3K), which had a die gouge running across the base of the eagle’s right wing, is actually the early die state of VAM 3F, so the two were combined. And finally a third later die state was found, which displays denticle impressions. Whew! The ANACS label here says this coin is VAM 3F-3. It certainly is a very late die state, but I don’t see the denticle impressions. So, we’ll just call this one a VAM 3F, with light wear and good luster for the AU55 grade.
$56.25
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 3V PCGS MS63 (Lot 13038)
We’ll bet that 1921 specialists haven’t encountered many VAM 3V specimens, and certainly not in a PCGS MS63 holder. Leroy Van Allen has assigned it an R-6 rarity rating, meaning he feels it is about as scarce as hen’s teeth! In any case, this highly lustrous example, which shows the necessary die break through the tops of the letters in STATES on the reverse, is a beauty!
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 40A PCGS MS62 (Lot 33034)
A new VAM classification called "Denticle Impression Varieties" has emerged over the past few years, and it turns out that there are many such varieties in the Morgan dollar series. However, because of its importance as one of the first to get wide-spread recognition, the 1921-P VAM 40A was included in the Hit List 40 listings, and today, is a widely sought-after variety. The specimen offered here has super luster for a 1921-P in this grade, and was actually purchased for more than the asking price here.
$202.50
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 40A PCGS MS62 (Lot 40025)
The 1921-P VAM 40A is a bit of a Morgan dollar anomaly, as it has what’s called a "Denticle Clash." While controversial in some circles as to its cause, the discussion has only served to increase demand for the variety. And surprisingly, better grade pieces are difficult to find. As for this PCGS MS62 example, there are some stray marks here and there that warrant the grade, but overall this frosty specimen is much better than usually seen. It was purchased years ago for $175, and its creamy white surfaces are impressive for the grade.
$230.63
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 41 (1A) PCGS MS63 (Lot OD047)
Any TOP 100 coin in a PCGS MS63 holder is a hot item these days. In fact, they often bring mind-boggling prices on EBay! And so it is with the 1921-P VAM 41. No, it’s not an ultra-rare coin, but it has an amazing variety feature going for it. One look at the massive pitting on the lower reverse, and it’s clear why it had to be included in the original TOP 100 listings. Of note is the fact that 1921-P as a date is often difficult to get into slabs. But here is a PCGS MS63 for your consideration.
$111.38
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 41 (1A) PCGS MS63 (Lot OD009)
Yes, we know that the 21-P VAM 41 is not a rare coin. But it’s decidedly scarce in MS63 or above, particularly in PCGS holders. PCGS holds to a higher standard on these, and few of these make it to the top. What’s great about the VAM 41, which was originally designated the VAM 1A, is the extent of the doubling on the lower reverse. There’s nothing quite like it in the Morgan or Peace dollar series. In terms of condition, there are some extraneous marks, but the luster and "look" of the coin was impressive enough to PCGS to call it MS63. We agree — it’s a jewel!
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 41 (1A) PCGS MS64 (Lot 24025)
In VAM collecting, condition makes all the difference! While no one has a problem with the importance of the 1921-P VAM 41 because of its spectacular die pitting on the reverse, many collectors give it a sort of cold shoulder because of it is so commonly encountered. That said, the VAM 41 is, indeed, easily obtained in grades up through MS62. However, in MS63 the variety becomes much tougher to find, and in MS64 it is downright difficult to locate. This cataloger had to settle for an MS63 specimen for more than a decade! The one caveat is to be sure the MS64 coin is in a PCGS holder, since it is almost impossible to crossover an example at this level. With smooth, creamy luster on both sides, this VAM 41 example is something special!
$157.50
View This VAM Lot 1921-P VAM 47 ANACS MS60 (Lot 3047)
Struck from so-called "Zerbe" Proof Dies, this is an intriguing die pair. But there’s a problem. We believe its history has more allure than its rarity. First, its history. Apparently a number of 1921-P presentation pieces where struck for Farren Zerbe in 1921, after which time the dies were used for normal silver dollar production. But since the huge mintages mandated for 1921 necessitated stretching the use of the dies past the breaking point, the number of coins struck from this die pair was probably enormous. In this light, we feel the VAM 47 may be quite over-rated. Yes, the "struck from proof dies" phrase often brings massive premiums on EBay, but have you ever noticed how many are offered? In any case, you be the judge. This uncirculated specimen is being offered cheap!
$73.13
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Zerbe Dies ANACS 63 Clipped Planchet Error (Lot 5051)
I sometimes think that the story of Cinderella at the Ball may be the same one as the 1921-P Morgan dollars struck from so-called Zerbe dies — wait till midnight and watch the carriage turn back into a pumpkin! And I’ve stated my position in several of the VAMquest Auctions. However, we’ve come up with something that may be totally unique — a Zerbe die pair on a Clipped Planchet! It’s certainly the first one we’re aware of. In fact, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the Rim Clip at 9 o’clock on both sides of the struck coin. Want something way out of the ordinary? Then this attractive error coin may be for you!
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Zerbe Dies ANACS MS62 (Lot 9056)
In our opinion, too much ink has already been used in writing about the 1921-P coins struck from so-called Zerbe dies. We attribute these coins by looking for the "dot" to the right of the base of the "1" in the date, and the striated horizontal lines across the top arrowhead on the reverse. We reiterate the fact that they’re far from rare, yet they bring serious money on EBay. The holder here cost $15.
$32.63
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Zerbe Dies ANACS MS62 (Lot 12051)
There has been much discussion as to what constitutes a coin struck from so-called Zerbe dies. We point to two identifiers: A "dot" next to the "1" in the date on the obverse and a series of parallel polishing lines on the top arrowhead on the reverse. As a matter of fact, these coins sometimes sell for ridiculous prices on EBay. (One rather ordinary looking specimen sold for over $400.) In any case, it’s the opinion of this cataloger they aren’t worth it. That said, here is an MS62 with a better than average "look" that starts at $25.
$38.00
View This VAM Lot 1921-P Zerbe Dies ANACS MS64 (Lot 4050)
Several collectors commented that I may have gone overboard in the last auction about the over-rated nature of the 1921-P varieties struck from so-called "Zerbe Dies." Maybe so, but I see far too many of them to be the major rarities that they’re being touted as. Actually, the "Zerbe Dies" are most likely a series of dies, all struck from a single 17-Berry Hub. This Hub would have the primary "Zerbe" attributes, a multitude of die scratches across the topmost arrowhead, and "dot" next to the one in the date. One email said that a BU "Zerbe" was bid up to over $1000 on EBay. This doesn’t make much sense, as the Minimum Reserve for the MS64 example offered here is $35.
$114.75
View This VAM Lot 1921-S VAM 1B-4 ANACS MS63 (Lot 25036)
The 1921-S "Thornhead" varieties represent one of the most exciting die progressions in the Morgan dollar series. At least 8 different stages were involved, with features first appearing and then disappearing a number of times. While only the VAM 1B-3 has the actual "Thorn" that gives the sequence its name, all are now referred to as "Thornhead" varieties. The VAM 1B-4 is characterized by a gouge through the "IB" of PLURIBUS. The example offered here has good luster, but shows lots of "chatter" on Liberty’s cheek and neck. Overall, the coin is weakly struck, but is certainly never entered circulation. Rare and desirable.
$843.75
View This VAM Lot 1921-S VAM 1B-5 NGC AU58 (Lot 5053)
The 1921-S "Thorn Head" VAMs, which have a place on everybody’s Hit List, are some of the most significant varieties in the Morgan dollar series that are NOT already included in the TOP 100 and HOT 50 listings. Currently, there are eight "Thorn Head" varieties, VAM 1B-1 to VAM 1B-7, with one sub-variety, and most are exceedingly rare. In fact, only the VAM 1B-6 is ever seen at all! Yes, this coin is technically an AU58. Under high power magnification there appears to be a touch of wear. But when you receive this coin, you’ll undoubtedly exclaim it is an MS62 or 63. It’s that good!
$309.38
View This VAM Lot 1921-S VAM 1B-5 PCGS VF35 (Lot 32025)
The 1921-S "Thorn Head" varieties represent quite a story for collectors to sort out. Suffice it to say that the VAM 1B-5 is one of the varieties that’s quite scarce in any grade, and of the small number known, few make it into a PCGS holder. Yes, it’s hard for some of us to get excited about an VF35 Morgan, but this specimen is so rare that the grade makes sense. Furthermore, when tilted in the light, there are clear indications of lustrous surfaces. Overall this attractive example would grade XF in the eyes of most collectors.
$146.25
View This VAM Lot 1921-S VAM 1B-6 ANACS AU50 (Lot 28025)
We’ve been making the case that the 1921-S "Thornhead" varieties represent one of the directions that VAM collecting will take in the future, that is, collecting die progressions. The VAM 1B-6 is the most common of the nine Thornhead die stages, but as part of the progression, it remains an intriguing variety. Many 1921-S dated coins have been melted over the years for their bullion content, and it may turn out that the Thornhead varieties are much rarer than commonly thought. Indeed, we believe a nice AU50 Thornhead specimen of any die stage is well worth acquiring.
$97.88
View This VAM Lot 1921-S VAM 1B-6 NGC MS63 (Lot 27027)
The 1921-S "Thorn Head" die progression is one of the most interesting in the Morgan dollar series. In fact, it represents one of the directions we think VAM collecting is taking, which is a focus on Die States. Seven different stages are now known, and one thing is clear. Any Mint State "Thorn Head" example is as rare as hen’s teeth! Yes, the VAM 1B-6 is the most common of the various varieties, but it appears that fewer than 15 BU specimens are known for all nine combined, and those are generally MS60 and MS61. That leaves this MS63 specimen as extremely note-worthy. OK, the accompanying photo stinks, because the surfaces have a light, blotchy toning that’s hard to photograph. But one thing is for sure, any slabbed NGC MS63 "Thorn Head" specimen is near the top of the HIT LIST 40 elite!
$731.25
View This VAM Lot 1921-S VAM 1S NGC MS63 Discovery Coin (Lot 4052)
Here is the actual Discovery Coin for an intriguing variety with some pitting around and to the left of the "S" mintmark. Obviously quite rare, since specialists have been inspecting the mintmark area of 1921-S dollars for three decades without encountering one of these. But eagle-eyed cherry-picker Bill Fivaz found this one, and Van Allen assigned it an R-5 rarity rating. The lower obverse is starting to tone a golden brown and the rest of the coin is basically white, with incredibly smooth surfaces for a 21-S. This high grade example of the VAM 1S may still be unique. In any case, this is the first and only one we’ve seen or heard of. Plus, it’s a gorgeous coin.
$163.13
View This VAM Lot 1921-S VAM 6A PCGS AU55 (Lot 39025)
This highly lustrous 1921-S VAM 6A, which is presently in a PCGS AU55 holder, would in a test be considered under-graded by just about everyone. Indeed, 1921-S specimens rarely look anywhere near this attractive. However, it really doesn’t make much of a difference, since the variety itself is not worth a fortune, even in a higher grade! So, the consignor has set the reserve for this Hit List 40 VAM 6A at less than the combined bullion price and the cost of the slab. Now that’s a nice deal for someone!
$55.13
View This VAM Lot 1922-D VAM 17 NGC MS64 (Lot 6048)
This is the first 22-D VAM 17 we’ve encountered. It has a doubled die obverse, with slight doubling on a few of the letters in "IN GOD WE TRUST." Easiest to see is the doubling on the right side of the two "2’s" in the date. There is a die crack from the neck to the top of the "1" and up through IN. This later becomes a die break under the "N" and is designated the VAM 17A. Van Allen gave the VAM 17 an R-5 rating and the VAM 17A an R-6. Both are apparently scarce. This MS64 specimen is interesting because the obverse is slightly reflective, most likely due to polishing of the die. When was the last time you saw a Peace dollar with any reflectivity?
$118.13
View This VAM Lot 1922-D VAM 2A ANACS AU50 (Lot 17029)
The 1922-D VAM 2A is an impressive R-7 variety, with a mind-boggling die break at the R of LIBERTY above Liberty’s cap. It’s not just a glorified die crack, but rather a portion of the die face broke and then sank below the level of the rest of the die surface. The result is a raised area on the struck coins. And there is evidence that much of the obverse die face was breaking, as well. Now, that’s a late die state! Light wear and considerable luster remains.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1922-D VAM 2E PCGS MS63 (Lot 16035)
Die Breaks are the bread and butter varieties of the Peace dollar series, as Doubled dies, Pitted dies, and other variety types just don’t seem to generate the same excitement. Here is an unusual Die Break variety, the 1922-D VAM 2E, with the first two letters in TRUST connected at the top by a Die Break. It’s not often seen, and Van Allen has assigned it an R-6 rarity rating. But best of all, this unusual variety is in a PCGS MS63 holder!
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1922-D VAM 3 ANACS AU55 (Lot 2048)
It’s hard to get excited about an AU Peace dollar, but the 1922-D VAM 3 is that scarce! This doubled die reverse shows doubling on the bottoms of the olive leaves and branch, as well as on the back edges of the eagle’s back tail-feathers. Other features on the lower reverse are also doubled. The AU55 specimen offered here is all you’d want in a Choice AU, and since BU examples are so difficult to find, this may turn out to be an exceptional opportunity.
$90.00
View This VAM Lot 1922-D VAM 3 ANACS AU55 (Lot 16036)
The 1922-D is one of those under-appreciated VAMs in the Peace dollar TOP 50 which receive little or no attention until someone tries to put together a complete set. Then, they realize it’s easier to find some of the "big-time" varieties than any of the 1922-D or 1922-S TOP 50 varieties. As a result, many of the top collections have to settle for an AU example, if they hope to complete their TOP 50. So, this may be a rare opportunity acquire an example of this scarce TOP 50 variety.
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1922-P "Ear Ring" VAM 2A SEGS AU50 (Lot 15028)
Here is a specimen of the Late Die State VAM 2A "Ear Ring" variety. It's so rare that we just couldn't say "no" to the consignor. Even in a SEGS AU50 holder. We would grade it XF45. The luster is there, the strike is there, and the overall "look" is there! If you’re looking for an "Ear Ring" specimen, then here is a great opportunity to acquire this important Peace dollar TOP 50 rarity.
$360.00
View This VAM Lot 1922-P "Moustache" VAM 12A PCGS MS61 (Lot 15031)
If one were to ask a Peace dollar collector who doesn’t specialize in varieties if he can name one VAM, he would undoubtedly mention the 1922-P "Moustache" variety. The VAM 12A is popular with just about everybody with an interest in numismatics! That said, this particular specimen is Mint State and in a PCGS holder. That should insure some spirited bidding!
$337.50
View This VAM Lot 1922-P Binion Holder NGC MS64 (Lot 21025)
Here is a piece of history, and NGC was involved in preserving it by creating a special holder for the Binion accumulation of Morgan and Peace dollars. These cartwheels were the possession of gambling magnate Ted Binion, for use in his Las Vegas Casino, and were dispersed when he was apparently murdered in a complex web of deceit. What’s unusual here is the high grade of this Peace dollar. Most "Binion" coins didn’t grade this high, and the lustrous surfaces and lack of contact must have impressed the NGC graders.
$57.38
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 12A ANACS MS62 (Lot 2047)
Probably the most well known Peace dollar die break variety is the 1922-P VAM 12A "Moustache Variety." Great name, great variety. Originally, this variety was designated the VAM 2B, but it was later determined it had the VAM 12 doubled die reverse. Voila! The ultra-late die break stage became the VAM 12A. BU Specimens of this popular variety are gobbled up as soon as they appear in the market.
$326.25
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 12A ANACS MS62 (Lot 13042)
We’ve found that you simply can’t go wrong with a Mint State 1922 "Moustache" variety. Even silver dollar enthusiasts who aren’t interested in die varieties are fascinated by the "Moustache" VAM 12A. That’s why the VAM 12A often brings what we consider ridiculous money on EBay ( i.e., $350 for an AU55 with surfaces that look "cleaned" on our monitor). Anyway, the specimen offered here, with its bright luster and outstanding eye appeal, is quite a find for the Peace dollar specialist.
$299.25
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 12A ANACS MS62 (Lot 25038)
With a picturesque, whimsical name like "Moustache" variety, the 1922-P VAM 12A was bound for glory. And it is one of the most popular of all the TOP 50 Peace dollar varieties. It should be mentioned that AU specimens sometimes bring more than the Reserve asked here. This VAM 12A example shows significant surface contact under magnification, but the luster is excellent and the variety feature shows lots of detail. Scarce and valuable.
$315.00
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 12A NGC MS61 (Lot 8052)
When collectors think of major die breaks in the Peace dollar series, most would name the popular VAM 12A "Moustache" variety as the top candidate. That’s because the dramatic break that trails down from Liberty’s nose is "naked-eye" visible and incredibly exciting. NGC was brutal on the grading, as it would inevitably be sold "raw" as an MS63. The strong detail for the variety feature and the outstanding luster make this coin a possible crack-out candidate.
$174.38
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 12A PCGS AU55 (Lot 12060)
Ask most coin collectors to name one Peace dollar variety, and the "Moustache" variety is probably the first one mentioned. It’s got "rock star" status! This lovely example, with its almost full luster, sharp detail and daunting eye appeal. is everything a specialist could want in a PCGS graded Choice AU specimen.
$174.38
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 12A PCGS AU55 (Lot 33035)
The 1922-P VAM 12A "Moustache Variety" is probably the most famous VAM in the entire Peace dollar series. Not only VAM specialists, but non-variety Peace dollar collectors often decide to acquire a specimen. Why all the interest? If you want a spectacular die break example, this Late Die State is the one! Here, the brilliant luster and the all-white surfaces on this VAM 12A are extraordinary for the grade.
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 12A PCGS MS61 (Lot 21028)
Ask any silver dollar collector who doesn’t specialize in varieties to name one Peace dollar VAM, and the response will invariably be, "The Moustache variety!" And the 1922-P VAM 12A is not only well known, but it has one of the most spectacular die breaks in the entire Peace dollar series. The coin offered here is the more desirable late die state, and the Moustache is extremely prominent. But more than that, the PCGS grading is very conservative, the luster is intense, and the detail is sharp. For the grade, this is absolute premium quality!
$326.25
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 12A PCGS MS62 (Lot 28028)
It’s a sure bet that the 1922-P VAM 12A "Moustache" variety would be included in any list of the five most well known Peace dollar VAMs. It’s not only a high profile variety, it is sometimes purchased by collectors who normally aren’t even interested in varieties. Hence, it isn’t surprising that specimens have been known to sell for ridiculously high prices. This PCGS MS62 example has creamy luster and especially attractive surfaces. In fact, if it sold as a raw coin graded MS64, most collectors wouldn’t bat an eye.
$405.00
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 1A PCI MS63 (Lot 14031)
Competition for TOP 50 Peace dollars reached a new level in 2007, and the result was some staggering prices across the board. And in terms of availability, there were surprises. Take the 1922-P VAM 1A, for instance. It is common in circulated grades, and only slightly scarcer in grades up to MS62. But the population seems to disappear in MS64, making this MS63 interesting. In many PCGS Registry Sets, the VAM 1A only grades MS63, and would you believe the total population in MS64 or better is only four specimens! If you can believe it, here the price is not much more than the cost of the slab.
$30.38
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2A ANACS AU58 (Lot 25037)
The 1922-P VAM 2A "Ear Ring" variety tops many variety collectors Peace dollar Want Lists. Why? It enjoys a combination of extreme rarity and a spectacular die break feature that runs down from Liberty’s hair onto the cheek. One look and you’ll be hooked on this variety! Excellent luster, moderate surface marks, and only a hint of wear make this particular example quite exceptional. If you only buy one Peace dollar variety, this TOP 50 VAM 2A may be the one!
$281.25
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2A PCGS AU53 (Lot 30032)
One of the most dramatic Die Breaks in the Peace dollar series is this superstar variety, the 1922-P VAM 2A. Fondly called the "Ear Ring" variety by collectors, the VAM 2A displays a monster break that starts in Liberty’s hair and proceeds down onto her face. Often, one glance at a VAM 2A is enough to hook even non-variety collectors on Peace dollar Die Breaks! And because this ultra-late die state is so rare, its appearance at a coin show or auction can produce frenzied excitement. This brings us to the PCGS AU53 specimen offered here, with its excellent luster, strong detail and super-attractive surfaces. Here’s one worth putting away for future appreciation.
$309.38
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2A PCGS AU53 (Lot 31023)
Our book on the Top 50 Peace dollar varieties refers to the 1922-P "Ear Ring" variety as the "crown jewel" of the Top 50 Set. It was true then, and it’s still true. This dramatic Die Break results in what is probably the most easily recognized Peace dollar variety. Indeed, it creates a sensation whenever a new example is discovered. The "Ear Ring" specimen offered here resides in a PCGS AU53 holder, so there is no crossover question. And the coin, itself, has lots of pizzazz for the grade, with highly lustrous surfaces and few, if any, distractions. What a great specimen of this extraordinary variety!
$421.88
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2A PCGS AU58 (Lot 12052)
You can understand why VAMquest Auctions is proud to offer this coin. It’s the famous Peace dollar "Ear-ring" variety, which tops many collectors’ Hit Lists. And there’s more good news. It’s in a PCGS holder! This lustrous beauty is so conservatively graded that you won’t believe it’s not MS62. In fact, the consignor thought it was, when he submitted it to PCGS! In any case, the VAM 2A with its spectacular obverse die break brings huge money whenever one enters the marketplace. Super attractive!
$442.11
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2C ANACS MS61 (Lot 13040)
The long run of Peace dollar varieties in last month’s auction sold like hotcakes! So, we’re offering a few more in this sale. The first is the 1922-P VAM 2C, a TOP 50 Die Break variety that’s been quite popular with collectors. Why? The Die Break on Liberty’s hair is large and dramatic. Giving some idea as to the value of this popular variety, three specimens are offered on EBay this week (12/30/07), an XF45 at $235, an AU55 at $245 and another AU55 at $275.
$196.88
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2C EDS PCGS AU55 (Lot 12053)
Here is a fantastic specimen of the 1922 "Extra Hair" variety. And while it’s hard to get excited about an AU example, this one definitely looks Mint State. The consignor lost twice on this one. First of all, he thought it would come back BU. Secondly, it has an Early Die State designation on the slab, when it’s actually a middle die state (DS#4). Lots of luster and nice surfaces make this one a winner!
$90.00
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2C EDS PCGS AU58 (Lot 31024)
The 1922-P VAM 2C can boast of the longest die progression in the Peace dollar series. Indeed, this "Extra Hair" Die Break variety can be broken down into at least ten different stages and some specialists are assembling the set. In any case, the VAM 2C is now a popular component of the Top 50 listings, and this PCGS AU58 specimen is what we’re currently calling "Stage 4." The only reason we mention it is that the label says "EDS," meaning Early Die State. The fact is this: Any die break of this size on most other dates would be a Late Die State! As for the grade, this specimen is an arm’s length Mint State beauty with strong luster.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2C PCGS AU55 (Lot 26025)
We’ve often commented that Die Breaks in the Peace dollar market are the "hottest" part of the specialty. Everyone, it seems, is looking for spectacular Die Break specimens, and varieties like the 1922-P VAM 2C offered here lead the way. Why? Huge breaks like this would be worth a fortune on coins in any other U.S. coin series. Indeed, just imagine a break like this somewhere in Liberty’s hair on a Morgan dollar! Price-wise, the sky would be the limit. But here, this lightly circulated, lustrous VAM 2C example has a reserve of less than $100.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2C PCGS AU55 (Lot 28027)
Most of the excitement in today’s Peace dollar variety market is focused either on TOP 50 coins or on a number of unlisted die break varieties. So, it stands to reason that the major die break VAMs already in the TOP 50 represent many of the most popular varieties. The 1922-P VAM 2C displays a die break in Liberty’s hair that is so dramatic that novice collectors sometimes confuse it as an actual strand of hair. In any case, the VAM 2C is an irresistible variety, and it’s safe to say that a PCGS AU55 specimen should be just what some collectors are looking for.
$67.50
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2C PCGS AU55 (Lot 36036)
Dramatic Die Breaks in the Peace dollar series garner much of the interest of variety collectors. And the 1922-P VAM 2C is among the headline varieties that are generating that interest. At least nine different die stages are known, beginning with specimens with only a die crack and progressing up to the late die stage offered here. It is our contention that Die Breaks will ultimately be the primary direction of Peace dollar VAM collecting. As for the VAM 2C specimen offered here, there are significant abrasions on Liberty’s cheek, but otherwise this lustrous coin would likely grade at last AU58.
$40.50
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2E ANACS AU50 (Lot 17027)
Here’s an interesting combination of variety/error features. How about a 1922-P VAM 2E, with its hallmark Die Break on the Eagle’s Wing, that’s also been struck on what’s called a "Laminated Planchet." For those not familiar with this type of minting error, laminations occur when the 90% silver and 10% copper Planchet alloy is less than a perfect mixture. During the striking process, the result is that part of the Planchet surface then peels away where the metal is impure. In this case, a swath of damaged surface runs across the eagle’s tail-feathers through the DOL of DOLLAR. Interesting and one of a kind!
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2E ANACS AU58 (Lot 24026)
This particular consignor has an incredible collection of TOP 50 Peace dollar varieties, and he has shared some of them with us in the last several VAMquest auctions. Here is a 1922-P VAM 2E in what appears to be Mint State condition. It’s that nice. But under magnification, but there is the slightest touch of wear on the high points. Highly lustrous and desirable.
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2E PCGS AU55 (Lot 12054)
The VAM 2E "Wing Break" variety is popular with just about everybody, with its raised blob of metal on the eagle’s back wing. In fact, it’s what collectors are looking for on Peace dollars. This specimen shows only the barest wear and the luster is basically full. Examples of this TOP 50 variety are rarely encountered, and when was the last time you saw one in a PCGS holder? Outstanding for the grade.
$174.38
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2F ANACS MS60 (Lot 36037)
The 1922-P VAM 2F "Hair Pin" variety, which is part of the TOP 50 listings, is notable for the horizontal die gouge in Liberty’s tiara. It’s a variety that’s collected by large numbers of collectors, and its variety feature makes it easy to identify. There’s a hint of golden toning on this VAM 2F example, and its surfaces display superb luster. Without question, there’s contact on Liberty’s cheek that warrants the grade, but overall, this would be an excellent addition to a collector’s starting Peace dollar variety collection.
$38.25
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2F ANACS MS62 (Lot 9057)
It’s getting to the point that if it’s a TOP 50 Peace dollar variety, then it’s a hot item with collectors! A case in point is the 1922 VAM 2F "Hair Pin" variety, so named for the prominent die gouge in Liberty’s tiara. It is not a major rarity in grades up through MS60, but becomes surprisingly scarce as one ascends the Mint State ladder. In fact, we’re not aware of a single MS65 specimen. In any case, the shimmering luster and the overall look of this example is outstanding.
$50.63
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2F ANACS MS64 (Lot 13041)
The 1922-P VAM 2F, known as the "Hair Pin" variety because of the prominent die gouge in Liberty’s hair, is among the most common TOP 50 varieties. But we can guarantee this — It’s certainly not common as a slabbed MS64! With surfaces that are starting to tone, this VAM 2F example is notable for its lack of contact marks and its smooth luster. In this grade, these sell for unbelievably high prices on EBay and elsewhere.
$123.75
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2F NGC MS62 (Lot 24027)
The 1922-P VAM 2F, which is whimsically named the "Hair Pin" variety, is easily recognized and frequently encountered. The fact that the VAM 2F is needed to complete a TOP 50 Peace dollar variety set helps to account for its popularity. In terms of condition, this specimen, with its incredibly lustrous surfaces and strong strike, might easily pass for an MS63 in today’s marketplace. But best of all, look at the price!
$41.63
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2F PCGS MS61 (Lot OD141)
We would normally find it difficult to get excited about an MS61 VAM 2F, but this sparkling jewel is simply amazing. The luster is extraordinary, and while PCGS grades it MS61, this one is far superior to 90% of the VAM 2F’s we encounter. In fact, in the future we would not be surprised to see this specimen in another holder displaying a much higher grade. Not wanting to use hyperbole, let’s just say this VAM 2F is the finest MS61 in the world!
$73.13
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2F PCGS MS62 (Lot 12055)
The 1922 "Hair Pin" variety was included in the TOP 50 listings because of its dramatic die gouge that runs horizontally across the rays in Liberty’s tiara. Yes, there are lots of die gouge varieties in the Peace dollar series, but they don’t look like this! The specimen offered here has booming luster, nice detail, and would undoubtedly be in someone else’s MS63 holder. (Note that the cost of a PCGS slab with label is $40 plus postage!)
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 2F PCGS MS62 (Lot 27028)
It’s hard to go wrong with TOP 50 Peace dollars in PCGS holders. So, this 1922-P VAM 2F may be just what the doctor ordered for a collector wanting to put together an inexpensive PCGS Registry Set. The slab with label and postage costs upwards of $50, so the coin, itself, is being sold at a rock-bottom price. And what does the buyer get? An all-white, highly lustrous, well-articulated VAM 2F Peace dollar. Sound good? It is!
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 4 PCGS AU58 (Lot 29028)
The 1922-P VAM 4 is not among the rarities of the Peace dollar series, but the doubling on the obverse Motto was sufficient for it to get into the original TOP 50 listings. Indeed, the problem is that so many of the VAM 4 specimens currently in the marketplace are misattributed. Fortunately, this VAM 4 is the real McCoy! Conservatively graded in a PCGS holder, this AU58 would be MS63 to most collectors. But what else is new! Flashy luster and little wear, if any.
$78.75
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 4 PCGS MS61 (Lot 12056)
Doubled dies are the mainstay for many U.S. coin series. Just look at the Lincoln cent series with its 1955 DDO, as well as dozens of others that are bought and sold at heavy premiums. But not so for Peace dollars. Yet even though they haven’t caught fire to the extent of the Die Break varieties, doubled die Peace dollar that are listed in the TOP 50 are viable and liquid. The 1922 VAM 4 offered here is a good example. Lustrous surfaces and a high grade reverse make this one desirable. (Minimum bid is the approximate slabbing costs!)
$58.56
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 4 PCGS MS62 (Lot 14032)
The 1922-P VAM 4 could be the poster child for strong obverse doubled dies in the Peace dollar series. The designer’s initials, AF, the numerals of the date, and in particular, the "TR" in TRUST all show strong doubling. The variety was a shoe-in for the TOP 50 listings. To describe this specimen, one only needs to mention the "conservative" PCGS grading, the dazzling luster, and the outstanding overall appearance. In fact, the buyer will wonder why it’s in an MS62 holder!
$73.11
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 6 NGC MS63 (Lot 29029)
One of the hallmarks of good coin collecting is to ferret out the scarce items before they become known to everyone else. Such is the case with the 1922-P VAM 6. As a point of reference, would you believe PCGS has slabbed 158 VAM 2C specimens (the popular variety with the strong die break in Liberty’s hair), compared to only 28 VAM 6 examples! And this MS63 NGC beauty would attract a lot of attention, even it weren’t a scarce variety. Here, there is nice detail and amazing luster on both sides that makes this dramatic "Doubled Leaves" variety come to life!
$183.38
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 7 PCGS MS63 (Lot 18032)
The 1922-P VAM 7 Doubled Die Reverse comes with two different obverses. The one offered here has the diagonal lines over the TR of TRUST, instead of the dot between the letters. And although the variety is not one of the super rarities in the series, the doubling along the eagle’s wing on the reverse is extraordinary enough to gain the attention of collectors and specialists. PCGS graded this specimen MS63.
$101.25
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 7(A) PCGS AU58 (Lot 15030)
The 1922-P VAM 7 is known with two different obverses. One shows diagonal polishing lines above the TR on the obverse. The other has a raised "dot" between the "T" and the "R." Both are part of the TOP 50 listings and PCGS does not make a distinction for their holder. The reverse of the VAM 7 is a spectacular doubled die, with dramatic doubling along the right edge of the eagle’s wing. In terms of grade, this lustrous coin would be in an MS63 holder from most grading services. (The cost of the slab, attribution and shipping would about equal the Minimum Bid. So, the coin if virtually free!)
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 7(a) PCGS MS61 (Lot 12057)
One look at the amazing doubling on the right edge of the eagle’s wing and you can see why the "Doubled Wing" variety had to be included in the TOP 50. In fact, the doubling is so strong that when the first VAM 7 was discovered, there was some discussion as to whether it was the result of some other process. And to top it off, later it was found that there are two different obverses with this same reverse. The 7(a) can be identified by the diagonal die polishing lines over the "R" of TRUST. In terms of condition, the purchaser of this highly lustrous coin will wonder why it ever got an MS61 grade. Why? Raw, it would be undoubtedly be sold as a strong MS63!
$73.13
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 7(b) PCGS MS62 (Lot 14033)
There are two different obverses for the 1922-P VAM 7, and both are part of the TOP 50. The first is the VAM 7a, which is easily attributed by its polishing lines at the top of "TR" in TRUST. The second, and much rarer sub-variety is the one offered here, the VAM 7b, which shows a raised "dot" between the "T" and the "R." PCGS does not list the sub-varieties, as both are attributed as VAM 7 on their holders. The good news is that at arm’s length, this one is a gorgeous MS64, and its luster is simply outstanding. Note also that the cost of getting a coin into a PCGS holder is around $20 plus there’s another $20 charge to get the VAM number on the label. So, buy the plastic and get this fabulous coin for nothing!
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 7(b) PCGS MS62 (Lot 19031)
TOP 50 Peace dollar varieties in PCGS holders represent a magic combination for some collectors. Just check the prices they receive at auction or at coin shows around the country. The 1922-P VAM 7(b) offered here is just such a coin. Note that there are two obverses with the VAM 7 Doubled Wing Reverse, and the 7(b), with a "dot" between the "T" and "R" of TRUST, is the rarer of the two. Here, the contact on the cheek warrants the PCGS grade, but overall the coin is excellent. A variety feature that’s crystal clear and blazing luster that’s especially impressive are the key points here.
$73.13
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 7B ANACS MS62 (Lot 8051)
There never was any question as to whether the 1922-P VAM 7 would be included in the TOP 50. Why? The doubling on the front of the eagle’s wing and shoulder is simply magnificent. And to top it off, there are two different obverses that were mated to this reverse. One shows diagonal die polishing lines that run through the TR of TRUST. We call this one the VAM 7A. The second, and much rarer variety, has a "dot" between the TR and no polishing lines. This is the 7B. The VAM 7B offered here shows excellent detail and vibrant luster.
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 7b NGC MS63 (Lot 2046)
The doubling on the eagle’s wing of the VAM 7 is so spectacular that some thought it just couldn’t be the result of a doubled die. Well, it was! But later on it turned out that there were two different obverse dies used with this amazing reverse. The VAM 7a has diagonal polishing lines running through the "TR" of TRUST. The VAM 7b displays a dot between "TR" and no polishing lines. Which is scarcer? It turns out the VAM 7b is many times rarer than the VAM 7a, and this specimen, which has minimal marks, has booming luster on the obverse and wonderful toning (that’s hard to capture) on the reverse.
$151.88
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 8 ANACS MS61 (Lot 23025)
The 1922-P VAM 8, with its strongly doubled tiara, is much harder to find in Mint State than was previously thought. And high grade BU specimens are almost impossible to locate. Here, the short rays under the "B" in LIBERTY are not only doubled, but actually appear split in two. This VAM 8 specimen shows some contact on Liberty’s cheek, but has outstanding luster, and certainly qualifies as an arm’s length MS63. And overall, this is a first-rate example of this under-appreciated variety.
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 8 PCGS AU55 (Lot 17028)
The 1922-P VAM 8 is something of a "sleeper" in the TOP 50 Peace dollar set. It’s not considered a major rarity, except when it’s time to find one, it’s impossible to find. Most importantly, this AU55 specimen is graded so conservative that most collectors would have trouble understanding why it’s not labeled a Mint State coin. This example is outstanding, Super luster, few if any significant marks, and frosty surfaces combine to make this one quite exciting!
$157.50
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 8 PCGS AU58 (Lot 12059)
It’s been said that AU58 is an MS63 with a touch of wear. We don’t see the wear on this 1922 VAM 8, but it certainly "looks" BU! When this cataloger discovered the "Doubled Tiara" variety years ago, I remember thinking how I wished Morgan dollars came like this. Anyway, the coin offered here is outstanding for the grade, and it’s the poster child for why collectors love PCGS graded Peace dollars!
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1922-P VAM 8 PCGS AU58 (Lot 20037)
The strong doubling on the rays in Liberty’s tiara is the hallmark of this variety. In fact, the center rays appear to be split in two. As discoverer of the 1922-P VAM 8 variety, this cataloger was immediately impressed with this doubled die obverse, as were most other collectors. The only surprise has been the fact that it’s so much scarcer than originally thought. Cleaned/Problem coins abound, so a PCGS slab is a major plus here. Also, this all-white example displays solid luster and a hint of wear.
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1923-D VAM 1E ANACS XF45 (Lot 18037)
The 1923-D VAM 1E is an important variety. It shows a number of die breaks in Liberty’s hair, and the breaks themselves, as well as the locations, are significant. All this adds up to the fact that collectors should add the VAM 1E their Hit Lists, and even in XF45 condition, this variety can produce lots of oohs and aahs!
$371.25
View This VAM Lot 1923-D VAM 1H ANACS AU58 (Lot 17030)
Over the past five years, the 1923-D VAM 1H "Pony Tail" variety has developed a huge following, even though it’s not in the TOP 50 listings. Many say it should be! The fact is that dramatic die breaks on Peace dollars lead the market, and this variety is certainly an exceptional one. Surprisingly, AU58 is a high grade for this R-6 variety.
$236.25
View This VAM Lot 1923-D VAM 2 ANACS MS61 (New Holder) (Lot 13044)
We believe the 1923-D VAM 2 may be the most under-rated variety in the TOP 50 Peace dollar listings! We’ve always known that the VAM 2 is scarce in all grades, but more recently when the best PCGS Registry sets were being assembled, it turned out that this variety was almost impossible to locate in any Mint State grade. In fact, most of the known 1923-D VAM 2 specimens couldn’t even get into a slab. So, we are particularly pleased to offer this attractive rarity in BU condition.
$815.63
View This VAM Lot 1923-D VAM 2 ANACS MS62 (Lot 23027)
The 1923-D was included in the TOP 50 listings primarily for the fact that the doubling on the reverse was located on the eagle’s head and shoulder, which is unique in the TOP 50 Peace dollar set. It should be mentioned that there’s very little, if any, doubling elsewhere on either side of the coin. To summarize its condition, this example has good luster, the strike is strong and the surface marks are consistent with the grade. Overall, it’s an attractive piece.
$815.63
View This VAM Lot 1923-D VAM 2 PCGS AU50 (Lot 32027)
One of our favorite Peace dollar varieties is the 1923-D VAM 2. Why? It hardly ever comes up in conversations, yet it is one of the scarcest varieties in the TOP 50 listings. Guess how many have been slabbed in Mint State by PCGS. There have only been 13 that have made it into PCGS holders, along with another 15 circulated pieces! That makes a total of 28. No wonder the VAMVIEW price guide lists it at $500 in AU50. Best of all, this PCGS example is definitely PQ for the grade, and would fit into a nice Mint State TOP 50 set.
$337.50
View This VAM Lot 1923-D VAM 2 PCGS XF40 (Lot 31027)
The 1923-D VAM 2 is one of the few "sleepers" left in the Peace dollar "Top 50," and in this cataloger’s view, it’s quite under-valued. Only 27 specimens in all grades have been slabbed by PCGS, compared with 51 1922-P "Earring," 83 1922-P "Field Break," and 162 1922-P "Extra Hair" varieties. Adding in the fact that so many VAM 2 specimens can’t get into a PCGS holder due to cleaning and/or impairment problems, you end up with one extremely under-appreciated Peace dollar variety. In terms of the grade, this PCGS XF40 specimen looks a lot better than XF, with white surfaces and plenty of luster. In fact, we just wish all XF Peace dollars looked like this one!
$281.25
View This VAM Lot 1923-P Binion Holder NGC MS64 (Lot 24030)
It’s well known that Las Vegas casino owner, Ted Binion, accumulated a huge hoard of silver dollars in the course of doing business, and when he died, the coins found their way into the hands of collectors. NGC created a special holder just for these coins, and here is a high grade example in one of these collectible slabs. Most lower grades, this NGC MS64 example was hand-picked out of the hoard for its better quality.
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1923-P Clipped Planchet ANACS MS63 (Lot 2049)
There is no standard terminology for "Clipped Planchet" errors, but the slab in this case says "Rim Clip," whereas we believe a better term would be "Clipped Planchet." The reason is simple. A "Rim Clip" involves only a depression at the rim, whereas a full "Clip" must extend into the field of the design. On the 23-P offered here, the clip extends not only into the field, but covers the top of the "L" in LIBERTY. Call it what you will, this example is an attractive BU error coin with nice luster.
$63.00
View This VAM Lot 1923-P Mint Error Curved Clip NGC MS64 (Lot 18033)
The 1923-P VAM 11 is notable for its doubled middle olive leaves on the reverse. And there’s a short die gouge in front of Liberty’s neck on the obverse, just below the jaw. This may not be a lot to get excited about, but for those who are putting together sets of Peace dollars, this coin should be of interest. And considering the current price of silver, as well as the cost of slabbing coins, the minimum bid here looks to be quite a bargain!
$111.38
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 11 ANACS MS60 (Lot 18034)
The 1923-P VAM 11 is notable for its doubled middle olive leaves on the reverse. And there’s a short die gouge in front of Liberty’s neck on the obverse, just below the jaw. This may not be a lot to get excited about, but for those who are putting together sets of Peace dollars, this coin should be of interest. And considering the current price of silver, as well as the cost of slabbing coins, the minimum bid here looks to be quite a bargain!
$30.38
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 12 ANACS MS63 (Lot 18035)
The 1923-P VAM 12 is probably not on the radar screens of most collectors, but it has one feature to recommend it — A raised dot of metal in front of Liberty’s hair behind the neck/chin junction. The coin itself has some stray marks, but is nevertheless attractive. Nice luster and a strong strike add to its appeal.
$28.13
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1A ANACS AU58 (Lot 4054)
Die Breaks in the Peace dollar series represent the pinnacle of popularity in today’s market, and coins like the whimsically named "Whisker Jaw" sell for jaw-dropping prices on EBay and elsewhere. Take the 1923-P VAM 1A for example. Asking prices for examples in all grades routinely sell for exorbitant prices. Here, we offer a Late Die State specimen with the diagnostic die break at the junction of Liberty’s chin and neck. In terms of condition, this VAM 1A shows just the barest of wear on the high points. In fact, it’s the kind of specimen you often see at coin shows sold as "UNC." In any case, this one is in an ANACS AU58 holder and it’s everything a collector would want in that grade. Lustrous with good detail.
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1A ANACS MS64 (Lot OD031)
Here’s another TOP 50 variety in a grade that is seldom encountered. The famous "Whisker Jaw" variety, so named for the Die Break that forms at the junction of Liberty’s jaw and neck, is wildly popular in today’s market. Why? The Die Break is so prominent that it can be seen by the naked eye. Adding to its appeal, this example resides in an ANACS MS64 holder, which is a "killer" grade for the variety. Destined for a top collection!
$331.88
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1A PCGS MS61 (Lot 27029)
The 1923-P VAM 1A has an intriguing name, the "Whisker Jaw" variety. Referring to the Die Break that cuts across the junction of Liberty’s chin and neck, the name certainly adds t o the variety’s allure, as well as its value. Although not exceptionally rare, the VAM 1A remains quite popular with both variety collectors and non-variety collectors, alike. Hence, it’s current strength in the current market. And as an MS61, there is some contact here and there, but overall the specimen looks much better than the grade would suggest.
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1A PCGS MS61 (Lot 35037)
In the case of this 1923-P "Whisker Jaw" VAM 1A, it’s not necessarily the variety that’s impressive -- it’s the ridiculously low minimum reserve! Mint State examples of this popular variety usually start in the hundreds of dollars. But here the minimum bid is $50, which is less than the total of the slabbing, label and shipping. And talk about quality! We would bet that this brightly lustrous PCGS MS61 would grade much higher in another holder.
$78.75
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1A SEGS MS63 (Lot 6049)
The "Whisker Jaw" VAM 1A often sells for what some would call ridiculously high prices on EBay. Yes, it’s a dramatic Die Break variety, with a large "naked eye" break at the junction of Liberty’s jaw and neck. But in terms of rarity, it’s not in the same league as the top Peace dollar die breaks. That said, the VAM 1A is in the TOP 50 listings, and it deserves to be there. The specimen here is Mint State, and may have the look of an MS63, but I can see a mark on the cheek that’s visible only under magnification. So, I would call this one no better than an MS62. Also worth noting is the fact that it is as late a die state as we’ve seen.
$181.87
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1AB ANACS MS62 (Lot 19033)
One of the hottest, if not THE hottest, types of varieties in the Peace dollar series is the so-called "Extra Hair" varieties. These major die breaks, located anywhere in Liberty’s hair, are particularly prevalent on 1923-P silver dollars, and there’s often a frenzy when these varieties become available. Well, we’re offering a 1923-P VAM 1AB here, with a die break near the back of Liberty’s hair. The effect is eye-popping. While the luster is subdued, which accounts for the MS62 grade, there was no question in the minds of ANACS graders this is a true Mint State example of this seldom seen variety.
$111.38
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1AC ANACS MS63 (Lot 18036)
You’ve got to love VAMs with a name like "Drooling Chin" variety. Yes, there’s a tiny die break that hangs down from Liberty’s lips to the chin, so the name could have been worse! In any case, the variety is apparently scarce. On the reverse, there are the remains of two clash marks at the eagle’s shoulders. The coin itself is a bit grungy, but the luster still remains and best of all the coin is "original," which means it hasn’t been dipped or messed with in order to artificially improve its grade.
$123.75
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1B PCGS MS62 (Lot 12061)
This is the type of die break that non-variety collectors can get excited about. And that represents the future. By way of background, there are at least eight different 1923-P die break varieties hat have breaks in Liberty’s hair. All are collectable, but only the VAM 1B is part of the TOP 50 listings. The specimen offered here is the late die state (Stage 4) and it’s quite attractive. And need I mention that the grade is secure in a PCGS MS62 holder.
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1D ANACS AU50 (Lot 24029)
The 1923-P "Whisker Cheek" VAM 1D is one of the most spectacular die break varieties in the Peace dollar series. On late die state specimens such as this, an impressively thick line of raised metal runs down Liberty’s cheek, and there’s nothing else quite like it on either Morgan or Peace dollars. Here, the obverse shows significant contact, but the luster may warrant an AU50 grade. Place this one under the "rare and popular" category.
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1D PCGS XF45 (Lot 12062)
Feast your eyes on this one! At or near the top of most specialists’ Hit List is the 1923 VAM 1D "Whisker Cheek" variety. It’s a "Big Time" coin both to variety and non-variety collectors alike, and any specimen in a PCGS holder is exceptionally populare. (Tried to get coins into PCGS holders lately? It’s not easy!) Anyway, this XF45 would probably be sold raw for AU53 money as a raw coin. And worth noting is the fact that it’s the more sought-after later die state (DS#3). Nice!
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1F ANACS MS61 (Lot 8053)
The 1923-P VAM 1F is far from the rarest coin in the TOP 50 listings. In fact, it’s probably the most common variety! However, it has a fascinating die gouge that runs from Liberty’s chin all the way down to the "1"in the date, and the strength of this feature is unlike any other in the Morgan or Peace dollar series. In terms of quality, this lustrous beauty may be an MS61, but you’ll say it looks under-graded. Whatever the case, it’s priced right for a slabbed TOP 50 coin!
$33.75
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1F ANACS MS62 (Lot 6050)
The 1923-P "Chin Bar" variety displays what is probably the longest die gouge in Peace dollar series. It is so dramatic and so popular that it had to be included in the TOP 50 listings. However, the variety itself is far from rare. Specifically, VAM 1F specimens are obtainable up through MS64. So, the object is to not accept over-graded, inferior specimens. That’s why slabbed examples are recommended. This coin has blazing luster, lots of detail and smooth surfaces. Why the MS62 grade? We don’t know, since similar specimens often trade as MS63+ coins. Anyway, this example is certainly priced right.
$33.75
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1F NGC MS61 (Lot 7062)
The 1923-P "Chin Bar" variety displays what is considered the longest die gouge in the Peace dollar series. It is so dramatic and so popular that it had to be included in the HOT 50 listings. However, the variety itself is easily obtained. For a price, VAM 1F specimens are available in the marketplace all the way up through MS63. So, the object is to not accept over-graded, inferior specimens. That’s why slabbed examples of Premium Quality are recommended. The coin offered here is certainly outstanding for the grade with luster on both sides that "screams" out MS63 or MS64.
$39.38
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1H NGC MS64 (Lot 6051)
How about an R-6 Die Break variety? The 23-P VAM 1H displays a raised run of metal near the right edge of the eagle’s wing just below the shoulder. We believe that die breaks like this represent the wave of the future in terms of VAMs and Peace dollars, and this variety will be in that vanguard. Now for the grade. MS64 is at the top of the food chain for the VAM 1H, as most seen are MS60 to MS62. This one is a gorgeous MS64 with bright luster and a minimum of marks. It would be next to impossible to improve upon this specimen, now or in the future.
$421.88
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1I NGC MS63 (Lot 8054)
There are several die gouge varieties with some variety feature in LIBERTY or the rays below it. The 1922-P VAM 1A and the 1925-P VAM 1A come to mind. But here is one that isn’t in the TOP 50. VAM 1I (that reads "one-eye") shows a diagonal die gouge that runs through the top of the letter "E" in LIBERTY and touches the tip of the tiara ray to the left of it. This specimen is attractive and lustrous.
$32.63
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1I NGC MS64 (Lot 3051)
If you like Peace dollars, but don’t care much about Peace dollar varieties, here’s a gorgeous Peace dollar in an NGC MS64 holder with a minimum bid of less than GreySheet Bid! But if you ARE in the least interested, here is an variety with a unique die gouge running diagonally through the "E" of LIBERTY on the obverse. Exceptional luster.
$61.88
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1N NGC MS62 (Lot OD128)
The 1923-P VAM 1N is an unusual offering. It displays a series of surface die gouges on the obverse below the "G" and the "D" of the Motto, IN GOD WE TRUST. And there’s also a single diagonal die gouge in the rays below the "E" in LIBERTY. Identifying this scarce variety, to which Van Allen has given an R-6 rarity rating, is not the problem. Finding one is the major difficulty. Smooth surfaces make the MS62 grade a judgment call, as this specimen could easily grade anywhere from MS62 to MS64. Lots of eye appeal.
$34.99
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1V ANACS MS62 (Lot 5056)
There are eight different 1923-P die break varieties, with the break in Liberty’s hair on the obverse. Four of these "Extra Hair" varieties are simply spectacular. The VAM 1B and the VAM 1AA are the two pictured in the TOP 50 Attribution Guide. Then, there is the VAM 1AB, and this variety, the VAM 1V, both of which will be included in future listings. My guess is that the buyer will love this specimen, with its brilliant luster and nice surfaces.
$129.38
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1V NGC MS64 (Lot 2050)
There are eight different 1923-P die break varieties, with the break in Liberty’s hair on the obverse. Four of these "Extra Hair" varieties are simply spectacular. The VAM 1B and the VAM 1AA are the two pictured in the TOP 50 Attribution Guide. Then, there is the VAM 1AB, and this variety, the VAM 1V, both of which will be included in future listings. MS64 is an extremely high grade for any of these die break varieties, and there’s hardly a mark anywhere on this coin.
$213.75
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 1V PCGS MS62 (Lot 16037)
Because of their dramatic Die Breaks, the seven or eight known 1923-P "Extra Hair" varieties have taken on a life all their own. It seems that everyone is looking for them, and the prices that they get on EBay astound even the Peace dollar VAM specialists. Among the more popular "Extra Hair" varieties is the VAM 1V. It’s included in the PCGS Registry, so it’s possible to get the VAM number on the holder, as is the case with this specimen. And as for the grade, most dealers and collectors would undoubtedly say this lustrous example is too good for MS62, and should grade at least MS63. But that’s to the buyer’s benefit here!
$151.88
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 2 PCGS MS63 (Lot 33036)
One look at the doubling along the rays of Liberty’s tiara and most variety collectors are hooked on the 1923-P VAM 2. At some points there are two complete sets of rays! It’s no wonder the VAM 2 made it into the TOP 50 Peace dollar variety listings. And the fact that this VAM 2 specimen is already attributed by PCGS makes it ideal for a PCGS Registry Set. To this cataloger, the luster is a touch subdued, but the doubled tiara feature is simply amazing under a loupe!
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 3 PCGS AU55 (Lot 35038)
As the original discoverer of the 1923-P VAM 3, this cataloger was simply "knocked out" by the doubling in Liberty’s tiara when it was first seen under a loupe. The doubled rays, starting below the "E" of LIBERTY, are simply spectacular. Yes, there are other "Doubled Tiara" Peace dollar varieties, but none like this one. As for this attractive PCGS AU55 specimen, the luster is outstanding and the design detail is bold. Way under-valued in the VAMVIEW Pricing Index!
$56.25
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 3 PCGS AU58 (Lot 12063)
The incredible doubling found on the 1923 VAM 3 "Doubled Leaves" variety usually astounds first-time viewers. Indeed, if it were on a Morgan dollar, it would likely bring a king’s ransom! But today doubled dies take a back seat to Die Breaks. And therein may be the opportunity. The consignor’s disappointment was that this highly lustrous specimen was submitted to PCGS as an MS63, and it came back AU58. The result is that this may be one of the world’s best AU58’s!
$56.25
View This VAM Lot 1923-P VAM 5 NGC MS64 (Lot 14034)
The 1923-P VAM 5 has a doubled die reverse with slight doubling below the eagles’ shoulder and on the neck. The coin is exceedingly attractive with smooth surfaces and dazzling luster on both obverse and reverse. If you’re seeking a 23-P VAM 5, or you’re on a quest for a high quality Peace dollar, this coin will more than fit the bill!
$47.25
View This VAM Lot 1923-S VAM 1C ANACS AU55 (Lot 7063)
In the Morgan dollar series, Pitted Reverse varieties represent an area of intense interest. But in the Peace dollar series, there is only one variety which features significant pitting on the dies — the 1923-S VAM 1C. No wonder it made it into the TOP 50 listings. This is the first time one of these has been offered in the VAMquest Auctions, and it is a nice one. This ANACS AU55 example is highly lustrous with lots of detail. And the pitting under the "N" of ONE on the reverse is clear as a bell. Very Nice!
$78.75
View This VAM Lot 1923-S VAM 1C PCGS AU50 (Lot 32028)
Here is one under-rated variety! As a member of the TOP 50 listings, the 1923-S VAM 1C with Pitted Reverse die doesn’t show up either on Want Lists or for sale very often. It is an imbalance that someday will get straightened out, but for the record, we believe the VAM 1C is much rarer than collectors give it credit for. That said, here is a Choice AU specimen with excellent luster and detail that should appeal to lots of Peace dollar enthusiasts.
$146.25
View This VAM Lot 1924-P Unattributed NGC MS65 (Lot 8056)
It’s an axiom that Peace dollars are much rarer in MS65 than Morgan dollars in the same grade. And it’s true that in the Peace dollar series, most of the high graded coins are dated 1922 and 1923. So, when a different date was available in MS65, we thought we would offer it here. This lustrous specimen is in a premium holder and the price is right.
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1924-P VAM 2 ANACS MS61 (Lot 8057)
The 1924-P VAM 2 is a bit of an enigma. Sometimes we see them offered, but so many are misattributed. Why? There is another 1924-P variety with similar doubling on the lower reverse, which is often confused with the VAM 2. The key to the correct attribution is the doubling along the bottom edge of the topmost internal ray behind the eagle’s leg-feathers. Only the VAM 2 has it. As for the grade, all we can say is that this is a super nice coin for an MS61, and its golden toning, abundant eye appeal and bright luster lead us to believe it could do better in another holder.
$43.88
View This VAM Lot 1924-P VAM 2 NGC MS65 (Lot 27030)
It’s safe to say that high-end TOP 50 Peace dollars currently rule the marketplace. Unbelievable prices have been realized for MS65 and higher Peace dollar varieties, and this coin resides near the top end. Smooth, even luster on both sides, wonderful surfaces and a noticeable lack of distracting marks combine to make this an incredible example. Also worth noting is the fact that VAMVIEW lists an MS63 at $475 with no values above MS63. What’s this NGC MS65 worth? You be the judge.
$461.25
View This VAM Lot 1924-P VAM 2 PCGS MS62 (Lot 19035)
This TOP 50 variety has a Doubled Die Reverse, with doubling on the eagle’s back tail-feathers and along the bottom edges of the rays above ONE. On this example there are a few marks here and there, but PCGS is tough on serious marks, and obviously this coin passed the grade. In fact, because it’s in a PCGS holder means it’s conservatively graded. No doubt, this VAM 2 is lots of coin for the money!
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1924-P VAM 5B ANACS MS64 (Lot 17031)
Years ago, the story started off simply enough. A major die break was discovered on the reverse of a 1924-P Peace dollar and Van Allen/Mallis designated it the VAM 1B. Much later it was found that the VAM 1B obverse was actually a doubled die, so it was assigned the next available VAM Number. The early die state became the VAM 5 and the die break became VAM 5A. Fast forward to a few years ago, when VAM 5 specimens came to light with extensive die polishing lines on the reverse. These became the VAM 5B. The MS64 coin offered here is the actual discovery coin for the VAM 5B!
$146.25
View This VAM Lot 1924-P VAM 8A PCGS AU55 (Lot 12064)
Often there’s dancing in the streets whenever an 1924 "Extra Hair" variety is found. And it’s worth celebrating. Interestingly, this variety didn’t start out as the VAM 8A, but rather was known in the early days of VAM collecting as the VAM 1C. It was extremely popular then, and it’s even more popular now! Actually, we’ve only encountered a precious few of these over the years, which makes this specimen such a treat to handle. Purchased years ago as a Mint State coin, this example would have been offered as an MS62 in yesterday’s market, and we’re not sure it shouldn’t be today. It’s that good!
$148.49
View This VAM Lot 1924-S VAM 3 ANACS AU50 (Lot 9058)
We consider the 1924-S VAM 3, with its doubled lower reverse, one of the true "sleepers" of the TOP 50 set. When considering the top four TOP 50 Peace dollar collections, all of which average over MS63 for the entire set, one includes an MS61 24-S VAM 3. It’s that rare! This specimen shows lots of detail and excellent luster for an AU, and it may turn out to be a valuable item in the long term.
$121.91
View This VAM Lot 1925-P VAM 1A ANACS MS63 (Lot 3052)
The VAM 1A was included in the TOP 50 listings because of its Die Gouge in the rays in Liberty’s head-dress. The Die Gouge below the "B" of LIBERTY runs horizontally across the rays and is quite dramatic. The specimen here is spectacular for the grade, and dare I say it, may be under-graded in an ANACS holder. In any case, this example would fit in just about anybody’s high quality TOP 50 Set.
$90.00
View This VAM Lot 1925-P VAM 2 ANACS MS64 (Lot 7064)
We all know there is lots of minor doubling on many of the new Peace dollar discoveries. This is particularly true for the lower reverse, which includes the leaves and the eagle’s leg feathers. However, the 1925-P VAM 2 stands out as a significant variety because the visible doubling on the back leg feathers and the adjacent rays is so strong. Presently, this variety is not well known, but that is likely to change in the future. As for quality, this example is basically unimprovable — it has bright luster, almost no contact, and lots of pizzazz.
$78.75
View This VAM Lot 1925-P VAM 3 NGC AU58 (Lot 29030)
While I was viewing the PCGS Population Report, I thought I’d check out the 1925-P VAM 3. Apparently, PCGS has slabbed only 19 of these, compared with 38 VAM 1A’s and 86 VAM 5’s. So, it’s by far the scarcest 1925-P variety in the TOP 50 listings! This NGC AU58 example is exactly what an AU58 should be: It’s a no-question MS63 with a hint of wear. In fact, most collectors probably wouldn’t be able to discriminate between this AU58 specimen and their best MS63 Peace dollar.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1925-P VAM 5 ANACS MS63 (Lot 7065)
I’ve always been in fan of this variety. Although the over-polished "Missing Ray" is intriguing, the reason the Mint found it necessary to do so much polishing is even more interesting. It turns out that this is a "Clashed Die" variety of amazing proportions, and the extensive polishing was simply an attempt to remedy it. Fortunately for VAM collectors, the over-polishing only substituted one problem for another, so that the top internal ray on the reverse is now missing. The quality here is outstanding. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to find this coin sold as a PQ MS64!
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1925-P VAM 5 ANACS MS64 (Lot 21029)
Here’s a "killer" specimen of a heralded TOP 50 variety, the 1925-P VAM 5. The product of extensive die polishing, the top ray behind the eagle’s back leg feathers has been completely effaced, hence the "Missing Ray" moniker. And talk about a nice specimen! This MS64 is outstanding, with bold luster and a smooth cheek on Liberty. Topping this one would be difficult, if not impossible!
$129.38
View This VAM Lot 1925-P VAM 5 PCGS MS62 (Lot 18038)
Want a TOP 50 Peace dollar in a holder that looks to be two or three grades too low? Then here is a 1925-P VAM 5 in PCGS MS62 for your consideration. Why is it in an MS62 holder? Nobody we’ve shown it to can explain it. It has booming luster, a clean cheek on Liberty and few marks anywhere on the coin. But the consignor had to settle for this grade. Needless to say, the buyer will be thrilled with this lustrous coin.
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1925-P VAM 5 PCGS MS63 (Lot 19036)
Most of the Peace dollar varieties listed in the TOP 50 are part of a few general categories, such as Doubled Dies, Die Gouges and Die Breaks. But the 1925-P VAM 5 is a different kind of variety, which spotlights die polishing. One result of dramatic over-polishing is the fascinating marks and lines everywhere on the reverse. Another is the polishing away of design features, like the top ray under the eagle’s tail-feathers. Hence, the VAM 5 "Missing Ray" moniker. In any case, this is an exciting specimen is already in a PCGS holder, so crossing over is not a problem.
$111.38
View This VAM Lot 1925-S VAM 2 PCGS AU50 (Lot 20038)
For those who appreciate a strongly doubled die, then the 1925-S VAM 2 may be the perfect TOP 50 variety for you. On the VAM 2 lower reverse, the doubling along the base of the leaves is so apparent, that only minimal magnification is needed to be thoroughly impressed. This white, lustrous PCGS example is all one could hope for in an AU specimen of this popular variety.
$84.38
View This VAM Lot 1925-S VAM 2 PCGS AU55 (Lot 34034)
1925-S is one of those dates in the Peace dollar series where the price in high grades jumps up to prohibitive levels. As a result, this VAM 2 in the affordable grade of AU55 makes a lot of sense for those who don’t have deep pockets. And the fact is that I’ve seen lesser examples offered at coin shows as AU58, and even Mint State. White and lustrous.
$95.63
View This VAM Lot 1925-S VAM 2 PCGS MS62 (Lot 16038)
1925-S is a fascinating date in the Peace dollar series. A quick look at its Greysheet listings indicates a true condition rarity in Mint State. MS63 is $168, MS64 is $850 and MS65 is $17,500! Hence, there is great pressure on MS62-63 coins before they hit the Pivotal Point of MS64. For the TOP 50 1925-S VAM 2, PCGS MS62 represents the perfect grade if you don’t have a king’s ransom to pay for a high end BU specimen.
$675.00
View This VAM Lot 1925-S VAM 3 ANACS AU55 (Lot 3053)
When it was decided to include the VAM 3 with Doubled Die Reverse in the TOP 50 listings, it was clear that this variety was scarce. But no one knew it would turn out to be this scarce! It’s usually missing from TOP 50 Peace dollar sets, and if it is included, is often a net-graded specimen. That said, this example is a no-question AU, and should invite spirited bidding.
$73.13
View This VAM Lot 1925-S VAM 3 PCGS MS60 (Lot 12065)
1925-S is an interesting date in the Peace dollar series. In the GreySheet an MS60 is listed at $57 and an MS65 is $15,500! Hurrah for price spreads! Here, the specimen is better than an MS60 in our view, but we defer to PCGS. In any case, the VAM 3 "Doubled Wing" variety is obviously one of the "stoppers" of the TOP 50 in high grade and a coin like the one offered here is therefore worth considering. Smooth luster on both sides of the coin adds to its appeal.
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1926-P VAM 2 PCGS MS64 (Lot 23028)
The doubling on the lower reverse on the 1926-P VAM 2 is a Doubled Die enthusiast’s dream. It is so dramatic that there was no question as to its inclusion in the original TOP 50 listings. In fact, doubling as strong as this in other U.S. coin series would certainly result in a big-ticket item. But here, the price is surprising. Where else could you find a TOP 50 Peace dollar in PCGS MS64 with a reserve of $75!
$100.13
View This VAM Lot 1926-P VAM 2 ANACS MS64 (Lot 3054)
It’s a shame that more collectors aren’t focusing on the super doubled dies in the Peace dollar series, but nearly all the attention is going to the Die Break varieties. The 1926-P VAM 2, if it were in another U.S. coin series, would warrant lots of oohs and aahs! The doubling on the leaves and stems on the reverse is breath-taking. In any case, this top-of-the-line specimen is in an MS64 ANACS holder, and I would say its brilliant luster and attractive surfaces give it a reasonable shot at MS65!
$168.75
View This VAM Lot 1926-P VAM 2 NGC MS64 (Lot OD074)
There are several eye-popping doubled die reverses in the Peace dollar series, and the VAM 2 is among the best. This popular variety shows strongly doubled leaves on the reverse, and in MS64 has been selling on EBay for $175-$225. Although this coin is a bit grungy, NGC liked it enough to grade it MS64, which puts it near the top of the grading ladder. In any case, the Reserve Bid of $100 is certainly a bargain!
$106.88
View This VAM Lot 1926-P VAM 2 PCGS MS64 (Lot 5057)
It’s a shame that more collectors aren’t focusing on the super doubled dies in the Peace dollar series, but nearly all the attention is directed at the Die Break varieties. The 1926-P VAM 2, if it were in another U.S. coin series, would warrant lots of oohs and aahs, as the doubling on the leaves and stems on the reverse is breath-taking. In any case, this flashy specimen is in an MS64 PCGS holder with "VAM 2" on the label, and I would say its blazing luster and attractive surfaces give it the "look" of an MS65+!
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1926-P VAM 4 NGC MS64 (Lot 4057)
This doubled die obverse is really out of the ordinary for a Peace dollar. The quick-and-easy identifier is the split serif at the top of the "6" in the date. But the doubling on the bottom strands of Liberty’s hair is the more important diagnostic. Also showing doubling are the designer’s initials and TRV of TRVST. Not listed in the big VAM Book, this "Doubled Hair" variety is one of a limited number of 26-P VAMs. But its biggest selling point is its condition. With smooth, almost flawless surfaces and booming luster, this PQ specimen should catch the eye of some discriminating collector.
$101.25
View This VAM Lot 1926-P VAM NGC MS64 (Lot 22029)
There are several eye-popping doubled die reverses in the Peace dollar series, and the VAM 2 is among the best. This popular variety displays strongly doubled leaves on the reverse, and in MS64 condition has been selling on EBay in the $175-$225 range. So, here is a chance to acquire a high end, evenly toned specimen for a song and a dance.
$112.50
View This VAM Lot 1926-S VAM 5 PCGS AU53 (Lot 33038)
Here is a super rare one! The 1926-S VAM 5 is seldom encountered in any grade, which is why the VAMVIEW Pricing Index lists it for $500 in AU(50). This choice specimen, which is in an AU53 PCGS holder, displays amazing luster for an AU. In fact, the vast majority of collectors would undoubtedly say that that it should grade higher. Indeed, this VAM 5 is a beauty!
$343.13
View This VAM Lot 1927-D VAM 2 PCGS MS63 (Lot 14035)
As a date, the 1927-D is seldom seen, and VAM 2 represents the Number One variety for that date and mintmark. It shows diagnostic doubling on the motto, and a die crack that runs across the bottom of Liberty’s neck. In MS63, a 1927-D sells for $300 and in a PCGS holder, even more. But here, the key consideration is that this is a high grade TOP 50 variety, which makes it a necessary component in assembling a PCGS Registry Set. And from that standpoint, this would be a key find for any Peace dollar specialist.
$438.75
View This VAM Lot 1927-P VAM 2 PCGS AU58 (Lot 18039)
The 1927-P with Doubled Motto is a late date Peace dollar variety that joins the 1927-D and 1927-S as the targets of collector attention. It seems that everyone wants one of these in a PCGS holder. Look at the EBay prices for these varieties in other slabs, and then compare that the price for the same variety in a PCGS holder, and you’ll be amazed at the difference in value. The reason is simple. This AU58 specimen with its bright luster and super eye appeal would undoubtedly be in someone else’s MS62 or MS63 holder.
$225.00
View This VAM Lot 1934-D VAM 3 ANACS MS62 (Lot 23030)
Two different 1934-D varieties share this spectacular doubled die obverse. The first is the VAM 3 offered here, which has a filled medium-sized "D" mintmark. This reverse die, in order to rectify the problem of such a mushy mintmark, was then replaced by another die, which had a small "D" mintmark. The VAM 3 specimen here displays especially nice luster, a few obverse contact marks and prominent doubling on the "—D WE" of IN GOD WE TRUST. It’s hard to go wrong with this VAM 3, when the Greysheet lists any ’34-D Peace dollar at $110 Bid/ $120 Ask in MS60 condition!
$140.63
View This VAM Lot 1934-D VAM 3 PCGS AU55 (Lot 25040)
1934 was an interesting year for Peace dollar production. Apparently the medium-sized Denver mintmark punch wore out, and had to be replaced by a new smaller "D" punch. Hence, sets of varieties with two different mintmarks were produced. In the meantime, the image on one obverse die became strongly doubled during the hubbing process, and that obverse can be found with both types of mintmarks. The VAM 3 offered here has the original plugged medium-sized mintmark. TOP 50 Peace dollars in PCGS holders are especially popular in this market, and this attractive AU55 is more than solid for the grade.
$101.25
View This VAM Lot 1934-D VAM 3 PCGS MS62 (Lot 28030)
The 1934-D VAM 3, with its extraordinary doubling on the letters in WE, has one of the strongest doubled die obverses in the Peace dollar series. Worth mentioning is the fact that this obverse is shared with a different reverse to create the "King of Peace Dollar VAMs," the VAM 4. The coin offered here has a filled, medium-sized "D" mintmark, which is characteristic of the VAM 3. With lustrous surfaces and sharp detail, this attractive PCGS MS62 example might stretch to a higher grade in another holder.
$202.50
View This VAM Lot 1934-D VAM 4 ANACS MS62 (Lot 3055)
The so-called Micro "D" VAM 4 is known as the "King of Peace dollar VAMs." And rightly so! It has everything going for it. The VAM 4 is a major rarity, particularly in BU grades, and it brings mammoth premiums whenever one enters the marketplace. It has the most dramatic doubled die obverse in the Peace dollar series, with spectacular doubling on Liberty’s profile. And it is on the "Hit List" of every Peace dollar variety collector, so it tops the list for popularity. How rare is it? Estimates vary, but fewer than 25 BU specimens are estimated to exist. And most important here, this specimen is a stunner, with great luster and nice details. It’s a rare opportunity to find one offered for sale.
$1,237.50
View This VAM Lot 1934-D VAM 4 PCGS AU58 (Lot 18040)
The Doubled Die Obverse 1934-D comes with two different reverses. The primary one is the more common VAM 3, which has a medium sized "D" mintmark. The other variety with this same obverse is the VAM 4, which has a small-sized "D" mintmark. This variety is so rare and expensive that it was originally called the King of Peace Dollar VAMs! It’s still highly sought-after. This specimen displays a broad arc of toning across the obverse. The rest of the coin is white and highly lustrous. This superstar specimen, which we’re proud to offer, will probably become the centerpiece in someone’s Peace dollar variety set!
$956.25
View This VAM Lot 1934-D VAM 4 PCGS XF45 (Lot 36040)
In 1934 the Medium "D" mintmark punch used on all Peace dollars struck at the Denver Mint finally had to be retired. It was replaced by a much smaller "D," and an unintended result is that the best Doubled Die Obverse in the Peace dollar series now comes with two different mintmarks! One is the Medium, Filled "D" used on VAM 3, and the other is a Small, Distinct "D" used on the much rarer VAM 4. In fact, the VAM 4 is one of the most desirable varieties in the entire Peace dollar Series. And because Peace dollar specialists are constantly in a scramble to complete their TOP 50 Registry Sets, 1934-D VAM 4 examples are always in demand.
$365.63
View This VAM Lot 1935-S VAM 4 ANACS AU58 (Lot 22030)
1935 was an interesting year for Peace dollar production, as a new Design Hub was introduced that had four rays under ONE on the lower left reverse, rather than three. Why the change? No one knows, but collectors are pleased to have another design-type to collect. And one "four ray" reverse stands out above all the rest — the VAM 4 with doubled die features. This TOP 50 specimen has a few marks here and there, but the luster is solid and overall the coin is attractive.
$208.13
View This VAM Lot 902-O Unattributed PCGS MS63 (Lot 11037)
One look at this 1902-O and you’re going to say, "I want it!" On a scale of one to ten, it’s a ten! The coin offered here has brilliant luster, frosty devices and semi proof-like surfaces on both sides. In fact, the reverse is full proof-like. There’s no point going on about a $50 coin, but it is simply superb for the grade.
$56.25
View This VAM Lot Carson City Morgan Dollars (Lot OD222)
Three numismatic experts (Adam Crum, Selby Ungar, and Jeff Oxman) chronicle the amazing history of the California Gold Rush, its effects on silver mining and the development of Nevada, and the birth of the Carson City Mint. They give the collector and investor a detailed insider's view of today's market for Carson City Morgan dollars, including VAM varieties and focusing especially on GSA-slabbed coins. Whether you collect by date/mintmark or by variety, this in-depth book will make you a more savvy buyer. Includes condition census, market notes, enlarged photographs, valuations, mintages, certification data, prooflike and DMPL coins, and more. 128 pages, hardcover, full color.
$22.44
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