13 May 2021

VAM-Misstrike- Error- What is it?

Coins | SilverToken

I made a recent purchase of a 1900 P Morgan Silver Dollar. I was drawn to the coin from the over-stamped field to the left of Liberty’s face. The die has left a shiny, deeper field around all 7 left stars and along Liberty’s face from her lips to the lower tip of her neck, and along the denticles. The rest of the strike is correct, level and as expected. It is not a clash, but how the die was created. It definitely is not a die crack. I find no doubling anywhere on the coin.I have researched my VAM books, VAMWorld 2.0 and have not found a similar strike.I would grade at a MS-60 Uncirculated, but it may be higher, I always tend to be safe and under-grade. Coin has no wear, hasn’t been cleaned, talons and feathers are great. I paid $60 which is inline with PCGS, but a little high compared to NGC, but I felt the curiosity was worth it.So what do you think the strike is? What would you classify it as? Send your opinions

12 Jan 2021


Exonumia | Longstrider

Today I would like to share a very special coin I just received. I saw these on a coin group on Facebook. The guy selling is named Joe Poanessa but, as you will see, he is out of them.

16 Mar 2020

Book Review - Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties The VAM Keys

Coins | JudeA

This book is called, Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties - The VAM Keys. It was written by Michael Fey and Jeff Oxman in 2009. This book focuses on the top 100 Morgan Dollar VAMs. It is a very informative book that explains everything great. It explains what exactly a VAM is, different ways to collect them, tools that you should have to collect them, and other helpful info. The book gives pictures and information on all of the Top 100 VAMs. The chapter has detailed die markers and tells exactly where to find the VAM. If you are a beginning VAM collector and want to know the ropes then this is a great book. The book is also good for advanced collectors who want a more in depth guide. The book is tiny and sturdy as well. It is a spiral bound book, so you can lay it open when searching for VAMs. Overall, this book is a real help for me and any serious or beginning VAM collector.

27 Feb 2020


Coins-United States | Longstrider

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.

10 Jan 2020


Coins-United States | Longstrider

This, my newest blog, is going to take a small turn. As many know I am working on collecting the Peace Dollar Top 50 and Elite 30 collections. This is different but almost the same. In the photos you will see my example of a Morgan Dollar Top 100 VAM-5. It is an 1882-O/S from the Oregon Collection graded AU 58 by ANACS. Even though I love Peace Dollars I also enjoy Morgan’s and have a few. This one is special to me as it was gifted to me by the Oregon Collection Guy. Thanks Scott. He may have been trying to get me out of “The Dark Side” as Morgan collectors call us Peace Dollar guys.

09 Oct 2019


Coins-United States | Longstrider

The other day I was so happy for myself. I found my first Peace Dollar VAM. Not one that is already slabbed. One I found “in the wild”. A little back story is in order. As some of you know I am in a hunt to complete a Peace Dollar Top 50 and an Elite 30 sets. I am a huge fan of Peace Dollar VAMs. I love the series, the artist, the model and the history. Let’s not forget I am a VAM nut.

18 Aug 2019


Coins-United States | Longstrider

Today, Sunday, I was looking at a for sale post at my favorite buying site VAMWorld. One if the major players there just listed some raw Peace Dollar VAMs. As most of you know I am working hard to complete a Top 50 set of them. One of the coins I need is a 1922 VAM 2A, called Ear Ring for the die break at Liberties ear. This is a higher priced coin, at least for me. This one was very reasonably priced.

28 Jul 2019


Coins-United States | Longstrider

The newest Top 50 Peace Dollar in my collection is the 1924 VAM 5A called a Wing Break. Mine is grade an MS 62 by ANACS, In my opinion, this is a very spectacular VAM. It is very apparent, to the naked eye, what is going on. Simply put, it has a large circular die break in the middle of the eagle's wing, on the reverse. 1924 was the last year that the mint put out large numbers of die breaks.

21 Jul 2019


Coins-United States | Longstrider

I am going to be very honest here and tell everybody this blog is a DIRECT COPY from VAM World 2.0. The only reason I am doing this is because I get many messages from members here, asking me what a VAM really is. Now these people could just go to this site, I always source, to find out but they don’t. I wish I could give back any points but one can’t do that. So, here you go:

03 Jun 2019


Coins-United States | Longstrider

The latest pick up I bought at the Las Vegas coin show, a few weeks ago, is a 1922 Peace Dollar VAM-2E2 called a “Wing Break”. It is a member of the Top 50. I am trying for the entire Top 50 set as the variety features can usually be seen with your naked eye. This particular specimen was graded, slabbed, and attributed by ANACS. They are a very popular TPG for VAMs as they list a great many more VAM’s than the other two major graders. It made an AU 55 grade, which seems a bit conservative to me. There is still quite a bit of mint luster and very little wear. Oh well, that’s the way it goes. I usually am not too concerned about the grade assigned as much as the VAM designation.


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