|Dies Used||25 pairs|
|Rarity in PL||6/10 (rare)|
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
Official VAM Listing
1901-S VAM-1 Normal Die C3 Reverse
1901-S VAM-2 Normal Die C4 Reverse
1901-S VAM-3 High S Tilted Right
1901-S VAM-4 High S
1901-S VAM-4A High S, Die Breaks Lower Hair
1901-S VAM-5 Slanted Date, 2 Olive Reverse
1901-S VAM-6 2 Olive Reverse, Far Date
1901-S VAM-7 2 Olive Reverse
1901-S VAM-8 2 Olive Reverse
1901-S VAM-9 2 Olive Reverse
1901-S VAM-10 Doubled Ear
1901-S VAM-11 Slanted Date
1901-S VAM-12 Doubled Right 1
1901-S VAM-13 Doubled Hair Above Ear
1901-S VAM-14 Slanted Date, 0 in Denticles (Possible duplicate of VAM-11)
1901-S VAM-15 2 Olive Reverse
1901-S VAM-15A 2 Olive Reverse, Collar Clash Obverse
List of Past VAM Assignments
- Bowers, Q. D. A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, 5th ed. Atlanta: Whitman, 2016. p. 247
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