Morgan & Peace Dollars (VAM Varieties)
Silver Dollars - APMEX offers a superb selection of Morgan and Peace Dollar VAM Varieties.
Forty years ago, extensive research was published by Leroy C. Van Allen and A. George Mallis on the variation of the dies used to strike silver dollars. The term VAM is an acronym for “Van Allen-Mallis.”
Silver dollars are created by striking metal blanks with hardened dies containing the mirror image of the desired pattern. Careful study can reveal slight differences to identify specific dies that created the coins. Sometimes these differences occur during the creation of the dies, while other times they are caused by the dies’ use.
The work of Van Allen and Mallis focuses on Morgan Dollars minted by the US from 1878 to 1921 and Peace Dollars issued from 1921 to 1935. The goal of the VAM process is to number and catalogue every known die variety by date and mint mark.
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This 1879-S Morgan Dollar bears an 1879 obverse and an 1878 reverse. The most obvious aspect of this VAM is the parallel arrow feather beneath the eagle's right talons (the 1879 reverse has a slanted arrow feather.... Read More