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jfriedm56jfriedm56 Posts: 610 ✭✭✭✭✭

So as I’m looking through some of my raw Morgans, I noticed some irregularities on the reverse of this 1897-P that I never saw before. It surely looks like the picture in the Top 100 Vam variety book by Fey and Oxman page 105. Please weigh in and tell me what you think. Thanks


  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 7,642 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like it Eh?

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  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,710 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I agree, it does appear so. What is between the wreath and MER. Almost appears to be graffiti. Pareidolia most likely.
    Cool when you find something you already own that is even cooler.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yep... I agree that seems to be the VAM... I could not make out what is between the wreath and MER even with an enlarged picture.... might be just scratches... Cheers, RickO

  • jfriedm56jfriedm56 Posts: 610 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ricko, coin in hand and nothing out of the ordinary stands out in that area. It’s just light surface scratches or abrasion.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jfriedm56 ... Thanks for the feedback... Glad it is minor. Cheers, RickO

  • alefzeroalefzero Posts: 838 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 6, 2023 12:32PM

    Yes, it is the VAM-6A of the Top-100. There is also another pitted reverse for the date (VAM-3A) with pitting confined mostly to the N of ONE. The VAM-6A was originally listed as VAM-1A. The difference is that the 1A has a normal date position (lower left corner of the 1 in the date over the 3rd denticle to the right of the bust point) and the 6A is a near date. In reality, the date position is in the left/near edge of normal. It is a contentious issue with respect to VAM listings. The duplicate listings are for the same coin almost certainly, even if one has not been formally removed. A quarter-century of Top 100 searchers have never located a discrepant piece.

  • jfriedm56jfriedm56 Posts: 610 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @alefzero, thanks for your response and info provided. I compared it to the image in the Top100 Vam book and it matched their photo exactly.

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