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21 Mar 2021

TWO DISTINGUISHED PEACE DOLLAR VAMS

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.

SOURCES:

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

Comments

thatcoinguy

Level 4

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!

CoinHunter

Level 5

Nice coins and blog!

"SUN"

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?

Longstrider

Level 6

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

TheNumisMaster

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!

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.

Stumpy

Level 5

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

slybluenote

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!

Mike

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.

Golfer

Level 5

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

Longstrider

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.

Kepi

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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