1901-S VAMs

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Mintage 2,284,000
Dies Used 25 pairs[1]
Rarity in PL 6/10 (rare)
Die Study complete

1901-S is the scarcest of the 20th century S-mint Morgans in terms of absolute numbers, but has a higher proportion of mint state coins than 1903-S. The typical 1901-S Morgan has a luster that ranges from dull to attractive, and a strike that ranges from flat to full. Put another way, there is no such thing as a typical 1901-S Morgan. Like 1902-S, these coins tend to be plagued with planchet striations, or "roller marks," that were not struck out. Cherrypicking for quality is highly recommended. Prooflike coins are quite rare, making up about 1% of the already scarce uncirculated population, and don't have contrast or very deep mirrors. There are no varieties that have gained widespread popularity with collectors, although VAM 14 has a misplaced date in the denticles.

Attribution Guides for 1901-S

1901-S Reverses
Compare C3, C4/C3, C4 Reverses
1901-S VAM not Assigned

Official VAM Listing

New White Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-1 Normal Die C3 Reverse
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-2 Normal Die C4 Reverse
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-3 High S Tilted Right Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-4 High S Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-4A High S, Die Breaks Lower Hair Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-5 Slanted Date, 2 Olive Reverse
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-6 2 Olive Reverse, Far Date Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-7 2 Olive Reverse Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-8 2 Olive Reverse Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-9 2 Olive Reverse
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-10 Doubled Ear Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-11 Slanted Date Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-12 Doubled Right 1
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-13 Doubled Hair Above Ear Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-14 Slanted Date, 0 in Denticles Lfcp-icon.jpg (Possible duplicate of VAM-11)
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-15 2 Olive Reverse Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1901-S VAM-15A 2 Olive Reverse, Collar Clash Obverse Lfcp-icon.jpg

List of Past VAM Assignments

References

  1. Bowers, Q. D. A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, 5th ed. Atlanta: Whitman, 2016. p. 247



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