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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The doubling is strongest on Liberty's lips, giving it the "Hot Lips" nickname. This is a very popular variety, that is included in most Morgan Dollar sets. Read More
This 1890 Carson City mint Morgan Silver Dollar is graded as being in Extra Fine condition and contains .7734 oz of Silver. Minted from 1878-1921, this design by George T. Morgan is considered to be one of the most beloved designs of Ameri.... Read More