Longstrider's Blog

04 Jul 2019


Coins-United States | Longstrider

Well, it seems we are up and running in the blog comments again. I would like to show everyone some of my new acquisitions I made during our hiatus. Don’t worry, I’ll only do no more than one a day. So for today I have a nice 1923 Peace Dollar VAM 1o. This one has been attributed and slabbed by VariSlab.

The 1923 Peace Dollars are considered the most common of the entire series. This is even though they did not enjoy the highest mintage. This is due to the fact that many 1922 Peace Dollars were in circulation when the mint started making the ‘23’s. This fact led to many ’23's ending up in mint bags for decades. This also led to so many in mint state today. Overall, it has the highest quality year run with good strikes and plenty of strong luster. On the down side, along with the 1922’s, many specimens suffer from milk spots.

The reason this year, 1923, has so many different VAMs is thought to be because of the mints were still experimenting with trying to make damaged dies last longer. This led to many die breaks, polish lines as well as file marks and chips. After all, at the time, they were just another bunch of dollar coins. They were just money, nothing special.

Now, on to this VAM in particular. The 1923 Peace Dollar VAM 1o is called “The Bar Wind Die Break”. If I did a proper photography job, you should be able to see it on the reverse. This die break is on and above the eagles left shoulder. That is the right side as you view him. It appears to be a crescent shape. Along with that there is a clash mark that shows as a spike coming off it. On the obverse is a small die break on Liberty’s jaw above the “E” in “WE” in the motto. These breaks and clash marks have made this VAM a Top 50. That is just a thing that VAM collectors try to attain. I do at least. A set of popular 50 different VAMs.

The hubs used on this coin are “II 1” on the obverse. This is a common hub. The reverse hub is a ”B2a”. I say hubs as they are used to make the many actual dies used. I will go into the meaning of this in a later blog discussing Peace Dollar VAMs in general. The interest level for this VAM is R-3. This means it is a significant die variety with general interest to variety collectors. The rarity is R-6, very rare with several hundred “in the wild”.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and learned something. Please feel free to comment, good or bad. Have a great Independence Day!


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A Guide Book of PEACE DOLLARS—Roger W. Burdette



Never heard of VariSlab until today. The slab market has really gone off in several directions to fill the needs and niches of collecting. Sounds like a cool thing for cherry pickers.


Level 5

Did you buy this one in the slab or did you cherry pick it? Neat variety.


Level 6

Interesting blog. the slab look similar to ones you can purchase thru Coin World.


Level 6

These slabs came from Amos. He, VarSlab, has two options. This one is when you send in a raw coin. He puts it into the holder and adds the appropriate sticker. The second option is just the correct sticker if the coin is already in a TPG slab. He also does excellent photography.

Great coin and blog, glad to see that the "Vam-blogs" are back

Prodigy Coins

Level 4

Someone else had the problem of editing their comment too.

for some reason, I can't edit my comment...., Anyhow, what I wanted to add was, yes, I can see the Vam you described


Level 6

Hurray! Our "Vam-Man" is back! Always enjoyed your blogs about these great Peace Dollars. So glad we're up and running again! Thanks for the information and photos!

It's Mokie

Level 6

Beautiful VAM Longstrider, and so happy to see you blogging away again. I was getting VAM withdrawls, now I can start learning again. Keep Them Coming Sensai Longstrider!!!

Prodigy Coins

Level 4

Nice coin. Peace dollars are great to collect.


Level 7

Very informative. My luck I have three of that date and no vams.. That's a great pick up. Now I know we're to look. Fist blog on a coin and I already learned. I like the label it shows exactly were to look. That great. Thanks for the history. It's nice to be back and thanks for the work. I enjoyed it


Level 6

Go to Vam World 2.0 and check again. 1922 and 23's have the greatest number of VAMs. Some you will need a scanning electron microscope to see. haha!!

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