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06 Jan 2018

HOT LIPS but not Margaret

Coins | Longstrider

   Below I have my example of one of my favorite coins. It's a 1888-O DDO. It's not on the label, and it should be, but this is a VAM-4. The much sought after Hot-Lips!! I know it is a bit hard to see due to the lower grade but this VAM helped start everything. Besides being a Top 100, which I explained on earlier blogs, it is a WOW! Variety. The WOW"s are a set of 60 very spectacular varieties. Some are easier to get some are HARD! A complete set is very impressive! It has been said about the Hot Lips "Major Houlihan can't compare to this lovely lady!" That's a reference to the movie Mash for you YN's.

   Anyway, the VAM-4 is known for Liberty's profile being so strongly doubled that there is a second complete set of noses, lips and chins that are clearly defined. There are also  some other attributes to this lovely Lady for you to look up. I'm  trying to get some of you hooked on VAMs. They aren't for everyone but they are a worthy pursuit. Maybe you can discover anew variety. It happens!! This coin in a higher grade is unbelievable!! I hope you enjoyed this little blog and the photos. Please feel free to comment. Thanks for looking. I hope you earned something. Any questions, ask away!



Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties The VAM Keys-by Michael S. Fey Ph. D and Jeff Oxman 


Conan Barbarian

Level 5

that is a very noticeable variety. thanks for sharing


Level 6

Famous variety. I saw 1 last time I went downtown to the coin shop. You have a good coin.


Level 5

Wow, that is one of the nicer VAMS that I have seen. I am a big fan of MASH and of course Hot Lips so that makes it all the better. Thanks for sharing.


Level 6

I love the Hot Lips Vam! Especially since you can "usually" see the variety. Thanks for sharing this fun coin!


Level 7

Yes I have seen Hot Lips. It's a nice coin and wouldn't mind owning one maybe in will go hunting for one. Good information I like history you know that thanks alot for the close ups to. Great blog. Mike.


Level 6

Thanks for the information. It give me something to look for.

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