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27 Feb 2020

1922 VAM 2A- EAR RING-TOP 50 JEWEL!

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The other day I gave up waiting and pulled the trigger on one of the “Crown Jewels” to the Top 50 Peace Dollar VAMs. This would be the 1922-P VAM 2A. Often referred to as the Ear Ring variety. It gets its name from the shape and location of a major obverse die break. As you can see in the photos, it is located near Liberty’s ear and is dangling down her neck.

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06 Jun 2019

IT'S TRUE ANOTHER PEACE DOLLAR TOP 50 VAM

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Since most people here have seen many of my Peace Dollar VAM's, I have decided to just do a smaller blog on my latest pick-up. Below is my 1923 Peace Dollar VAM-2—DOUBLED TIARA—TOP 50. It was slabbed and graded by ANACS as an AU 58. There is a tremendous amount of mint luster so maybe graded a little light. But who doesn't feel that?

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11 Aug 2018

1934-D PEACE DOLLAR VAM-3 TOP 50!

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I just received my newest auction win in the mail today and would like to share it here. What I was lucky enough to win, at a nice price comparatively, is a 1934-D Peace Dollar. Peace Dollars being my favorite, underappreciated, coin! This particular VAM is listed in the Hot 50. That's a list of Peace Dollar VAMs that are considered by us crazy people that collect them to be very interesting. It complements the TOP 100 Morgan Dollar VAMs. These 2 lists are considered to be advanced since many of the varieties are scarce making them, of course, costly. Some are WAY beyond my pay grade..

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14 Apr 2018

1923 VAM 1F CHIN BAR

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VAM man is back from the almost dead. Today I have a favorite type VAM for you. This is a 1923 Peace Dollar VAM 1F Chin Bar. It happens to be graded a nicely toned MS 62. I believe it deserves the star "*" or plus "+" for extra eye appeal but what can you do. I personally would photo grade this a MS 63. Maybe I'm biased. This Peace Dollar exhibits nice toning growing from around the edges. Blues, gold and peach are all present. Just as it should progress naturally. It is mostly on the obverse and edge but it is coming up the reverse nicely. The fields are very clean. Absent most contact marks. There is plenty of original mint luster. The reverse eagle is beautiful. High points crisp and sharp. In the VAM world, this coin as a VAM 1F is in the TOP 50. That is a made up number of different VAM's that we, VAM collectors, try to acquire as a goal. All need to be visible with the naked eye. The 1F designation refers to a normal obverse die with a vertical bar die gouge that runs from Liberty's chin just to the right of the letter "D" in GOD all the way down to the "1" in "1923". Peace Dollars, in general, were designed by Anthony de Francisci using his young wife Francesca as the model for Miss Liberty. They were issued from 1921-1935 with no issues in 1929-1933. They were minted in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco. They are 38.1 mm in diameter and weigh 26.73 grams of .900 silver. They also have a reeded edge. Luckily for me, Peace Dollars are an underrated coin by most collectors. I am always on the lookout for another VAM TOP 50 to add to my hoard!! Thanks for looking. Please feel free to comment.

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09 Nov 2017

VAM-1A WHISKER JAW

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Unlike Morgan dollars that have die breaks starting at the rim, Peace dollar's usually break in the middle of he coin. In this case the break came at the stress point between the neck and the jaw. My specimen, a 1923, is a fairly late die state, "LDS" of the four, making it a nice example of the VAM 1-A. The "Whisker Jaw". This particular VAM has made the Peace dollar Top 50. In this case that means the break is visible with the naked eye and a desirable variety to collect. That's all the Top 50 is, basically. Peace dollars were made from 1921 through 1935 with a pause between 1929 and 1933. There is also a never ending rumor that some unknown number were released in 1964. An unknown number, about 322,394, were trial minted in 1964 Denver but all were melted???? Anthony de Francisci designed the coin using his young wife Maria Teresa as his model. The Peace dollar was made to mark the end of "The War to End All Wars", WWl, and usher in a period of peace. There is much to learn about this coin and all it's many varieties. I encourage anyone interested to research it. The info is easily available and very interesting. My coin has just the start of some golden toning on the reverse. Peace dollars generally do not tone well. Thanks for looking. Please feel free to leave comments.

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13 Oct 2017

1922 MS-63 VAM-7.1 DDR TOP 50

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This coin features two of my favorite things: Peace Dollars and VAM's. This particular VAM is in the Top 50. That is simply a list of 50 Peace Dollar varieties that are worth collecting and create a worthwhile set to acquire and own. It helps collectors of Peace Dollar varieties focus. The 1922 Peace Dollar has a mintage of 51,737,000. This makes it one of the most common. There is also a 1922 High-Relief and Satin Finish but they are so rare as to be non-existent for a normal collector. Anthony de Francisci was the designer with his wife Theresa posing as Miss Liberty. My coin is a MS-63. Graded by ANACS, which is probably the most common TPG for VAM's as they do the varieties the other graders will not. This VAM is a 7.1 which means , on the reverse, there is strong doubling on the eagle's right wing edge down the legwith slight doubling of the right leg. There is also fine diagonal polish lines above TRV on the obverse. These facts mean it was minted with the earliest die state, Die State 1. There is a bit of toning starting to appear on both sides of this coin. This VAM was discovered in 1993 by Joseph Feld. Anyone can discover a new VAMvariety. Keep looking and send it into the people at Vamworld. I hope you enjoy this coin as much as I do and learned something. Keep those comments coming. Thanks for looking.

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15 Sep 2017

1923-S PEACE DOLLAR VAM 1C

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Here I have an example of my favorite silver dollars. a 1923-S Peace Dollar. This example happens to be graded AU-58. I find a nice AU generally has a better eye appeal than many MS 60-62's. Personal preference. It's hard to see in my photos but this example has nice luster and cartwheel left in it. It is also a Vam 1C. It is a bit harder to see with the naked eye than some of my examples but that means it has a pitted reverse under and above the "N" in one. It is believe this was caused by using rusted dies. Often the dies were used well past their projected life span. There are also some lesser attributes but I leave it up to the reader to research them. I also like the giant thumb print on the obverse. This coin was used as money. Not only touched with gloved hands. Imagine what it could have bought..Anyway I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your comments. Thanks for looking!

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