1903-S VAMs

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Mintage 1,241,000
Proof Mintage None
Dies Used 20 pairs
Rarity in PL 7/10 (quite rare)
Die Study complete

1903-S is one of the key dates of the series in higher grades. Uncirculated coins are typically lustrous and well struck, but the vast majority of available coins are in lower circulated grades. Only a few prooflike coins are known, and have low contrast and shallow mirrors. The major variety for 1903-S is the popular, Top 100 VAM 2 Micro S, with a mint mark that seems to have been intended for a Barber quarter being used. This is the only use of this mint mark on any Morgan dollar. VAM 2 is usually found in low circulated grades. In AU and higher it is a major rarity. In his The Morgan and Peace Dollar Textbook, Wayne Miller reports that one of the prooflike coins he has seen has a micro S reverse, and describes it as "marginally" uncirculated.[1]

Attribution Guides for 1903-S

1903-S Reverses
Compare C3, C4/C3, C4
VAM not Assigned

Official VAM Listing

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New Camera.jpg 1903-S VAM-1 Normal Die
New White Camera.jpg 1903-S VAM-1A Thread-like Die Impression Tail Feathers
New Camera.jpg 1903-S VAM-2 Micro S Mintmark, (Top 100 Morgan VAM) Pcgsvam.jpgNgcvam.jpg Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1903-S VAM-3 S Tilted Left Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1903-S VAM-4 2 Olive Reverse
New Camera.jpg 1903-S VAM-5 Slanted Date, 2 Olive Reverse Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1903-S VAM-6 903 in Denticles, 2 Olive Reverse Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1903-S VAM-7 Slanted Date, S Tilted Left Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1903-S VAM-8 2 Olive Reverse Lfcp-icon.jpg
New Camera.jpg 1903-S VAM-9 S Set Right Lfcp-icon.jpg

List of Past VAM Assignments

References

  1. Miller, W., The Morgan and Peace Dollar Textbook. Metarie, LA: Adam Smith Publishing, 1983. p. 170



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