1887-P VAM-25A

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1887-P VAM-25A Doubled Right Stars, Hair, D With Tail

Discovered by A. George Mallis, July 1964. May 2010, Revision from 1A to 25A by Scott Hamilton. Formerly VAM-1A (VAM-1A retains historical designation)
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
25A III2 24 - C3a (Doubled Right Stars, Hair, D with tail) (189)
Reverse C3a- Die break at lower right outside on D of DOLLAR to form a tail. (Formerly VAM-1A, but still used.)

Emission Sequence


  1. Later die state of 1887-P VAM-25 where an exciting die break forms as a small lump of metal on the bottom of the D of DOLLAR. Part of the Top 100 set, and recently featured in VamView Issue.
  2. The "Donkey Tail" is a coin even non-vam collectors want to own. It is possible to cherry pick these coins and they are often found in VF-XF condition. AU coins are very tough to find. Mint state Donkey Tails are truly ultra rare!
  3. Exact same pair of dies as those that produced the 1887-P VAM-25.


  1. Revision Letter

LVA Plate Photos

1887-P VAM-1A DTAIL PLATE PHOTO 27 SEP 2010.jpg 1887-P VAM-1A MOUNDS PLATE PHOTO 27 SEP 2010.jpg

Additional Photos

1887 RonH VAM-25A Lower-Half Rev 02062017.jpg
1887-P VAM-1A closeup 2.jpg
The variety may also prove to be a weak overdate. A small raised curved area may be seen
to the right of the base of the digit 7 on all well preserved examples
87 v1a date a.jpg

BOP 1887-P VAM-1A Donkey Tail 2.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-25A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]The-Scott-Hamilton.jpg