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21 Mar 2021

TWO DISTINGUISHED PEACE DOLLAR VAMS

National Coin Week | Longstrider

I just picked up a new, to me, Peace Dollar VAM and realized I have fallen behind in showing them off. Therefore I would like to do this quick blog to remedy that problem. The first is a 1922-S VAM 2B1. I don’t have a lot to say about either of these other than they are very cool. I don’t want to get too much into the technical stuff on a Sunday.

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15 Aug 2020

KNOW THAT'S A MUSTACHE

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”.

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20 May 2020

CRACKED PLANCHET 1923 PEACE DOLLAR VAM 11B ERROR

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.

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05 Apr 2020

1922 PEACE DOLLAR VAM 1A and DIE STUDY

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.

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27 Feb 2020

1922 VAM 2A- EAR RING-TOP 50 JEWEL!

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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25 Jan 2020

1917 BROKEN SWORD PEACE DOLLAR

Tokens | Longstrider

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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19 Nov 2019

A NORMAL PEACE DOLLAR VAM-'23 1W

Coins-United States | Longstrider

My next blog is about a "normal" Peace Dollar VAM, in that any VAM is normal. I am using the word "normal" to mean a VAM that is not, currently, in any Top 50, Elite 30 or any other additional designation. This VAM is a 1923 VAM 1W. This variety is also known as the Die Break Hair Rear. Some of the readers here may know that I am working on collecting a Top 50 and Elite 30 sets. This is neither. I found this specimen while looking through some of the aforementioned sets. I thought it is a beautiful coin and does exhibit a nice die break. So here it is.

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22 Oct 2019

1926-S PEACE DOLLAR-VAM 4A

Coins-United States | Longstrider

Today I have a new, to me, Top 50 Peace Dollar VAM to share with you. Below you will see my example of a 1926-S VAM 4A. This is another Top 50 Peace Dollar VAM. The 4A incorporates the VAM 4 as well as some additional features I will describe. It is a "stand alone" VAM.

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09 Oct 2019

A NEW PEACE DOLLAR VAM?

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.

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18 Aug 2019

IS IT JUST ME?? I DOUBT IT!

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.

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