VAM not attributed on holder. Should I submit it?
I apologize in advance for no pics but I'd rather not post a lousy phone effort.
I've been intrigued this year with the GSA Carson City dollars and particularly the 1880-CC. I read recently that all of these may be a VAM! Anyway, this Summer I came across a really nice '80-CC in the GSA holder, NGC graded it as 64 Star and a CAC as well. It really caught my eye as it has really colorful crescent toning on the obverse, probably why it garnered the star. As I became more familiar with the VAMs, I picked up another '80-CC in the GSA holder with an NGC 64 grade but no VAM attributed. It was represented as a VAM 5, the High 7 under the second 8. The pics were pretty good and the obverse and reverse markers were both clearly present. I figured I'd send it in at some point to NGC to have the VAM added.
This morning I was looking at the coins and the first coin has a lot of purple color around the date and I noticed under a loupe that there was a mark under the second eight in the upper loop. I realized it was the top of the seven and the tail continues in the lower loop of the eight. The purple color really covers it up until you look at it upside down. I flipped it over and the die gouge between the arrow feather and the olive branch is there too. Easy to compare when you have another VAM 5 beside it.
So, very cool to have two Vam 5's. My question for the experienced in these matters is should I send them both in to have the VAM attributed? I assume I'd have to contact CAC as well to coordinate? One interesting fact is there are zero 64 Star graded VAM 5's from the GSA hoard. There are a few VAM 6's with a 64 Star.
I'm not looking to sell and am in no hurry but am mostly curious as to the "need" to have the VAM on the label?
Thanks in advance for your opinions!