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17 Jan 2019

1922 PEACE DOLLAR VAM 2C

Coins-United States | Longstrider

I was lucky enough, the other day, to be browsing my favorite VAM web site. I was looking at the peace Dollar's for sale and ran across this one. It is a 1922 Peace VAM 2C. It was a very good price so I made an offer and it was in the mail the next day. I know I have put quite a few VAM's up here but this is a new learning opportunity. First the '22 VAM 2C is in what is called the Top 50. That basically means they are nice ones to collect and the thing that makes them a VAM is visible with the naked eye, mostly.

   The1922 2C means it has a curved die break at the back of Miss Liberty's hair. Sometimes it is called the Extra Hair VAM. You may notice it is difficult to see the break in this piece. That is because it is a "Early Die State", EDS. As the die is used it continues to break and becomes much easier to see. This is then a LDS or "Later Die State". As it continues to explode it will eventually become a VAM 2C2. The next step is all on the ground.

 I have added some photos to demonstrate what I am trying to get across. You will also notice that NGC neglected to list the VAM designation on the label. That is because NGC didn't notice it or they were not labeling this designation. They didn't used to do many. That's why so many are in ANACS slabs. There is a small label on the reverse side from a company that will designate, photograph and label with a description, your VAMs. They are called Varslab.com. This coin has been labeled and described as "Crack in hair. Early die stage with small die crack and chip in areas of Liberties hair."

   I am hoping to one day get an example of the other two die states. They are not real rare. My example is an AU 50. It's pretty affordable for a VAM guy. We are not too smart. Look at what we do. I also was attracted to the nice deep smooth toning. Peace dollars are not known for great toning, usually. That's it. Please check out the photos. I hope you enjoyed the blog. Feel free to comment. Thanks!

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SSDC.com

Variety Slabbing Company

http://ec2-13-58-222-16.us-east-2.compute.amazonaws.com/wiki/Home    VAMWORLD2.0

Comments

PastorK7354

Level 4

Really enjoying and learning from blogs such as this. Have not been at this very long. Thank you!

Kepi

Level 6

Another beautiful Vam from our "In-house Vam Man" ; ) Congratulations! I hope you can find the other Die States to make a set of the progression of the break! Very cool Longstrider!

wdhyder

Level 4

If I were collecting dollars I would focus on VAMS to keep it interesting. Nice eye for interesting varieties.

Mike

Level 7

Well another good Van I like the ones you don't need a loop for. That's a great one for your collection. It's great to have good eyes. There hard to find but you do very well. I have seen the ones you posted. You won't have a problem if you send it in. You have the number you can see it with the eye and not a loop. I think the grade will take longer than deciding the vam. Congratulations on another fine mistake. It just shows us no one is perfect. Especially those at the mint. Thanks for the others also. The pictures speak for themselves.. Mike

Longstrider

Level 6

My error. The coin is graded by NGC. I didn't show a full photo.. Sorry everyone.

CoinLady

Level 6

Very nice. VAMs may be a little too subtle for me

Longstrider

Level 6

Some are very apparent to the naked eye. Especially Morgan dollars. They have a top 100 that the eye can see.

"SUN"

Level 6

Congratulations ! It is great when you find something you been looking to add to your collection.

Mokie

Level 6

I thought they only labeled VAMS if requested by the customer? In any event, that is a really nice Peace, err Piece, for your collection. Thank you for sharing, Peace Dollars are my favorite.

Longstrider

Level 6

It is better now. NGC only did a few VAM's in the resent past, whether you asked or not. They do more now.

That is one pretty coin. Do you know what what VAM stands for?

Mokie

Level 6

VAM comes from Mr Van Allen, and Mr. Mallis, who co-wrote the book that identified all the different varieties of Morgan and Peace Dollars.

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