Longstrider's Blog

03 Jan 2023


Coins-United States | Longstrider

First off I want to say I do not own this coin, yet, at coin store for sale.. I have always been intrigued by lamination problem coins. This one, at my coin dealer's store, is the best example I have ever seen. It happens to be a 1913 Buffalo Nickel Type 2 in an NGC holder. Even the slab is cool.

22 Oct 2022


Coins-United States | Longstrider

So since it is another slow Saturday I thought I would give everyone a fun lesson. First off I am well aware of the chance I took. I just never thought it would happen on this coin. A few weeks ago I was browsing Heritage.com just to see what the market is doing. A fun thing I do. This particular auction was all error coins. I like to get a few from time to time. Nothing like Haney but I have fun. If I didn’t already have my Peace Dollar VAMs, MPC, Mexican Type, and POW chits I would likely hit it harder.

04 Oct 2021


Coins-United States | Longstrider

At the risk of boring people with my articles on Peace Dollar VAMs in general and extra hair specifically, I am writing today on another one. The 1923 VAM 1AA is commonly referred to as an Extra Hair Elite 30 Peace Dollar VAM. I can’t help myself. This is an amazing example of one and I would like to share it with you.

12 Aug 2021


Coins-United States | Longstrider

After I read the excellent blog by I.R. Bama about the artist of the reverse on the new Type 2 gold eagle I kind of fell in love with the design. That being said I went ahead and bought a one ounce coin. I chose the one ounce option to get the largest visual of the eagle. I considered sending it into NGC for grading and protection. Really in this case it was mostly for protection and authentication of it being gold and not a counterfeit. I considered getting a signed label by Jennie Norris as the designer. I checked out NGC's site to see how much extra that is. To my surprise I found out it is impossible for me to get that option???

22 Jan 2021


Coins-United States | Longstrider

I picked up something different the other day that I would like to share here. I saw this at my coin dealer and had to have it, a 1994 SAE or Silver American Eagle. What makes this uncirculated coin special is it exhibits a great “Strike Through” error across the date.

15 Aug 2020


Coins-United States | Longstrider

Today I would like to discuss one of my new pick-ups, a 1922 Peace Dollar VAM 12A called the “Moustache” die break. If you look at the photos it is easy to see how Miss Liberty received this nickname. Generally speaking the year 1922, of Peace Dollars, is one of the years that produced the greatest number of die varieties we call VAMs. That is all a VAM is really, a list of different die varieties in a given series of coins. We usually are referring to Morgan and Peace dollars but it can be any series. It was first listed by the two gentlemen that it gets its name, Leroy Van Allen and A. George Mallis. That makes up the acronym VAM “Van Allen-Mallis”.

20 May 2020


Coins-United States | Longstrider

I have a new coin I would like to share. It is a 1923 Peace Dollar VAM 11B. Now this isn't a Top 50 or an Elite 30 like I usually try to get. This is a different sort of coin. Besides being a cool VAM, it also has something else going for it. It has a nice, big planchet crack. First I would like to describe the VAM designation.

05 Apr 2020


Coins-United States | Longstrider

Recently I picked up a nice, new 1922 Peace Dollar VAM 1A- "Line in Tiara". Besides being a TOP 50 member, this VAM is a good example of the first reverse die type called a B1 reverse. This reverse was only used in early 1922. It was later changed to a new B2 die that was used for the rest of the series. This variety was discovered by Jeff Oxman in April 1999.

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.


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