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Help with VAM - 1926-D Peace Dollar

AndyKAndyK Posts: 45 ✭✭✭

I just received this coin today and I'm very pleased - it's definitely one that looks better in hand than the photos from the auction house. I like trying to figure out VAMs when possible, mostly for fun, and I'm having some difficulty on this one. Mainly due to the die cud on the obverse between the I and B. I can't find any reference to this on the VAMworld page which is usually quite complete. When looking closely, I'm nearly certain it's an actual die cud and not just toning. Any thoughts / help would be appreciated!


  • IkesTIkesT Posts: 2,174 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks more like toning than a die break to me.

  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 8,010 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Are you able to get a close up?

  • IkesTIkesT Posts: 2,174 ✭✭✭✭✭

  • lilolmelilolme Posts: 2,320 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Don't know about what that is on obverse at rim between I and B.
    Next this VAM stuff is not my thing. I am just a casual observer. So double check or more everything below. :)

    I think it is a VAM2 which is only identified as mint mark tilted right in VAMWorld. No die states (A, B, C...).


    I found some that appear to have the same die cracks on obverse. The one below was the latest die state I saw. Die cracks on the obverse starting at 3 o/c in hair and down. Then the one across the neck. Also on reverse around 12 o/c the die crack across STATES to the head/beak. The OP appears to have another crack below this one from U through head. ((And maybe another long one somewhat below that going across most of the center reverse Or is that a slab scratch line??.)) So it would appear it may be a later die state from the below coinfacts example. Maybe this has something to do with that questioned area. Also some similarities in strike weakness.

    I tried to draw some lines for the right tilted mint mark from VAMWorls and the OP. This is rather subjective on placement and angle since strike and wear are different. Notice how VAMWorld example has almost no space between O and N in ONE. But I think it show the tilted right mint mark that VAM2 refers to.



    https://youtube.com/watch?v=2YNufnS_kf4 - Mama I'm coming home ...................................................................................................................................................................... RLJ 1958 - 2023

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @AndyK ... From the pictures (and I enlarged them), it appears to be a die crack that is about to become a cud - i.e., retained, but not for long - and it does not yet include the rim, so not an 'official' cud. Cheers, RickO

  • AndyKAndyK Posts: 45 ✭✭✭

    Thanks all - coin is now off to CAC to see if it gets blessed.

  • gonzergonzer Posts: 2,973 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a flap of extra metal that was struck into the field.

  • gtstanggtstang Posts: 1,662 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That looks like it's just a toned area imo.
    Look closer at this area on the reverse though. Pic makes it look like a scratch, but I have seen many with die cracks in the same area.

  • gtstanggtstang Posts: 1,662 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Must be a die crack since the truview lilolme posted has the exact same die markers.

  • steve76020steve76020 Posts: 364 ✭✭✭

    i have a nice 1923d vam 3 die crack from back of hair to neckline

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