Longstrider's Blog

21 Mar 2021


National Coin Week | Longstrider

I just picked up a new, to me, Peace Dollar VAM and realized I have fallen behind in showing them off. Therefore I would like to do this quick blog to remedy that problem. The first is a 1922-S VAM 2B1. I don’t have a lot to say about either of these other than they are very cool. I don’t want to get too much into the technical stuff on a Sunday.

The VAM 2B1 is mostly distinguished by its die chip on Miss Liberty’s chin. That shows on the coin as a lump of extra metal. This coin is also known as a “Whisker Chin”. My example has a micro mintmark. If you look at the close photos you may see something a little wonky going on with it. I have an inquiry into the experts at VamWorld to see if it is something noteworthy. It has a Rarity number of 6. This means it is very rare with only several hundred known. For the tech people it has a die pair of: Obverse II 1 and Reverse B2a.

My other coin is a 1926-D VAM 1B. This coin happens to be in the Elite 30. That is just a group of fun and easy to see VAMs in the Peace Dollar series. The 1B has a vertical die break visible in the lower, middle of Miss Liberty’s hair. My coin appears to be an early die state as it is a little tough to see it without a loupe. The coin has a micro mintmark although this time a “D” that is tilted to the right. It also has a Rarity number of 6. The specs are die pair of: Obverse II 1 and Reverse of B2b.

That is about it for today. I hope you enjoyed this little blog and pictures. Please feel free to comment and ask any questions. Thanks for looking.


VAMWorld 2.0

Comprehensive Catalog and Encyclopedia of Morgan and Peace Dollars by… Leroy Van Allen & A. George Mallis

A Guide Book of Peace Dollars by…Roger W. Burdette…3rd Edition

A Buyers Guide to Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the USA by…Q. David Bowers…3rd Edition



Level 5

Awesome VAM’s!

Long Beard

Level 5

Number four on my list of top ten favorite circulating U.S. coinage designs. I have all but the 1928 and 1934 s in AU plus and not bothered to check for VAM's yet. So I'll be breaking them out to re-examine!


Level 5

Nice coins and blog!


Level 6

Nice additions to your collection. Great photos.

Nice coins. Now I REALLY want to collect Peace dollar VAMs.

Al Raddi

Level 4

Nice update. I collect varieties, but have never collected VAMs. How many are listed, and how many of those bring a premium?


Level 6

There are a huge amount of VAMs listed. Go to vamworld to check them out. More are being discovered all the time.


Level 5

Thats a nice quirky coin VAM! I love it! Good pickup, and thanks for sharing! Keep us posted!

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Great blog! I just started buying these again!

It's Mokie

Level 6

Wow, so cool, thanks for sharing and that S does look wonky, please let us know what the experts tell you about it.


Level 5

Beautiful coins, great pics, good informative blog, thanks!


Level 5

I also will have to check the Peace dollars that I've acquired! Although I'm currently collecting the Peace dollars, I'm concentrating on just the year/mintmark options, but I'll start paying a little closer attention! Thanks for sharing John! Great post!


Level 7

Can't get enough of the Vams. My problem is my eyes . I miss half of them but those I believe are there separate till I get my scope. You learn so much about these coins. You explained it well. I have to check my peace dollars. . You must have most of them. Thanks for the education. I enjoyed it.


Level 5

Vams are interesting. Don't have any vams that I know of. Should collect the top 100 ?


Level 6

Sure. Those are Morgan's. There are several things like the top 100. Most people do collect Morgan's.

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Very nice blog...I love Peace and Morgan dollars but I never got into studying the VAM varieties. Thanks for sharing.


Level 6

It's a double-douse! These are both cool Vams! I really like that 1922-S...there is something going on with that S ...looks like a doubled punched mint mark? The 1926-D... What not to like about a die break! These are beautiful! Thanks for another great blog about your specialty "Vam-Man"! ; )

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