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12 May 2020

ANACS IS OPEN AND GOOD TO GO!!

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Thought I would let all know that the grading company ANACS is open again. They are currently running a special on Buffalo Nickles. Unless I am mistaken, that is all three of the main TPG companies back taking submissions. Good luck everyone!

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30 Mar 2020

ANACS CLOSED!

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Just a quick notice to all. Also still PCGS. No wonder my token doesn't seem to be moving at NGC. Lets not forget our ANA Library is also closed.

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25 Jan 2020

1917 BROKEN SWORD PEACE DOLLAR

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My next blog has been known to cause controversy in other venues, i.e. NGC blogs. Not only controversy but some people get downright angry. Let’s see how it goes here. Below you will see my example of a Dan Carr Token. This particular specimen is a 1917 Peace Dollar with the original design from artist/sculptor Anthony De Francisci. It is in the original high relief as well as the “broken sword” reverse. There are a couple of facts that I need to discuss now.

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10 Jan 2020

1882 O/S VAM-5 MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR

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.

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28 Jul 2019

1924 PEACE DOLLAR VAM 5A-BEST OF THE BEST

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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.

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06 Jun 2019

IT'S TRUE ANOTHER PEACE DOLLAR TOP 50 VAM

Coins-United States | Longstrider

Since most people here have seen many of my Peace Dollar VAM's, I have decided to just do a smaller blog on my latest pick-up. Below is my 1923 Peace Dollar VAM-2—DOUBLED TIARA—TOP 50. It was slabbed and graded by ANACS as an AU 58. There is a tremendous amount of mint luster so maybe graded a little light. But who doesn't feel that?

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03 Jun 2019

1922 VAM-2E2--WING BREAK--TOP 50 PEACE DOLLAR

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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11 Aug 2018

1934-D PEACE DOLLAR VAM-3 TOP 50!

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I just received my newest auction win in the mail today and would like to share it here. What I was lucky enough to win, at a nice price comparatively, is a 1934-D Peace Dollar. Peace Dollars being my favorite, underappreciated, coin! This particular VAM is listed in the Hot 50. That's a list of Peace Dollar VAMs that are considered by us crazy people that collect them to be very interesting. It complements the TOP 100 Morgan Dollar VAMs. These 2 lists are considered to be advanced since many of the varieties are scarce making them, of course, costly. Some are WAY beyond my pay grade..

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30 Nov 2017

1888 VAM-11A MORGAN TOP 100

Coins-United States | Longstrider

Today I would like to share one of my Morgan dollar VAM's. Below I show aMorgan 1888 VAM-11A DBL EAR TOP 100. Now allow me to decipher. This is a Morgan dollar minted in 1888 in Philadelphia hence no mintmark. It is a VAM 11-A which means it has a doubled ear. It also has an incused "n" and a partial incused "I" of "in" next to the head/neck area of Liberty. There are also heavy incused die clash marks around her lips. All these incused marks were created when the top and bottom die "clash" together with no planchet between them. The Top 100 is a list of, in this case, 100 Morgan varieties. It was created in 1996 to help get VAM collectors refocused into collecting only the most popular and significant varieties. It was hoped to stop"micro-vamming" which is the search for lesser, insignificant varieties. It has been a huge success as there are tons and tons of VAM Morgan and Peace dollars. This AU 58 is enclosed in an ANACS holder. ANACS is very common for grading and encapsulating VAM varieties, that the other 2 major third party graders will not. I also chose this coin for the nice toning around the edges and rim of the coin. I like the grade, AU 58, as it is still almost mint state, yet I can imagine objects or services this Morgan may have purchased.. It still has quite a bit of luster and cartwheel on it.. Nice grade in my opinion. I won this particular coin at an auction for a very reasonable amount of money. I believe now is a good time to check out online auction, as many people are saving up for upcoming major shows like the FUN show in January. Thanks for looking. I hope you learned something new and enjoyed the photos. Please feel free to comment.

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13 Oct 2017

1922 MS-63 VAM-7.1 DDR TOP 50

Coins-United States | Longstrider

This coin features two of my favorite things: Peace Dollars and VAM's. This particular VAM is in the Top 50. That is simply a list of 50 Peace Dollar varieties that are worth collecting and create a worthwhile set to acquire and own. It helps collectors of Peace Dollar varieties focus. The 1922 Peace Dollar has a mintage of 51,737,000. This makes it one of the most common. There is also a 1922 High-Relief and Satin Finish but they are so rare as to be non-existent for a normal collector. Anthony de Francisci was the designer with his wife Theresa posing as Miss Liberty. My coin is a MS-63. Graded by ANACS, which is probably the most common TPG for VAM's as they do the varieties the other graders will not. This VAM is a 7.1 which means , on the reverse, there is strong doubling on the eagle's right wing edge down the legwith slight doubling of the right leg. There is also fine diagonal polish lines above TRV on the obverse. These facts mean it was minted with the earliest die state, Die State 1. There is a bit of toning starting to appear on both sides of this coin. This VAM was discovered in 1993 by Joseph Feld. Anyone can discover a new VAMvariety. Keep looking and send it into the people at Vamworld. I hope you enjoy this coin as much as I do and learned something. Keep those comments coming. Thanks for looking.

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