1888-S VAM-13

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1888-S VAM-13 Doubled Left Wreath, Monster Gouged Eagle

"Re"-Discovered by C. Logan McKechnie August 2006. Revised 2017.
VAM Discovery of the Year 2006
This coin is a Hit List 40 & WOW! Morgan VAM.
13 III2 1 · C3f (Doubled Left Wreath, Monster Gouged Eagle) (187)
Obverse III2 1 - EDS has some die polishing lines in left and right fields.
Reverse C3f– Middle and inside leaves of left wreath doubled towards rim and couple leaves at right of wreath bow. Over 30 large and small die gouges on eagle and arrow shafts and feathers, the largest number of die gouges known on any Morgan dollar reverse die. Large broad horizontal gouge on tail feathers between legs with slanted gouge at lower left and right. Four vertical, horizontal and slanted gouges in arrow feathers below eagle’s right talons plus two short gouges just below arrow feathers. Long vertical gouges between eagle’s left wing and neck and between eagle’s right wing and leg. Two short broad gouges between eagle’s left wing and body and four short gouges in middle of eagle’s left wing and at bottom. Two short gouges at top of eagle’s right wing and several at back of arrow heads and above and below eagle’s left talons. Lower part of eagle’s right wing has die scratches in various directions plus long thin diagonal die gouge. (Formerly VAM 1A)

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  1. The 2006 new VAM of the year is one of the most spectacular die gouge Morgans since the 90-CC tailbar. A barrage of over 30 gouges batter the reverse of this variety. Many of the gouges are sizeable, especially those just above and around the eagle's right leg and talons.
  2. The VAM-13 replaces the former VAM-1A. This coin is a Hit List 40 Morgan VAM.


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LVA Plate Photos:

1888-S VAM-13 Gouge Wing Leg.jpg 1888-S VAM-13 Gouges Arrow Feathers.jpg
1888-S VAM-13 Gouges Below Talons.jpg 1888-S VAM-13 Wreath.jpg
1888-S VAM-13 Gouge Neck-Wing.jpg

Additional Photos:

1888-S VAM-13 gouges1.jpg 1888-S VAM-13 gouges2.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-13 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS LOGO3.jpg
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1888-S RonH VAM-13 OBV.jpg

1888-S RonH VAM-13 REV.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-13 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]PCGS MS64+ CAC ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS LOGO3.jpg