|Dies Used||20 pairs|
|Rarity in PL||7/10 (quite rare)|
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.
Attribution Guides for 1903-S
Official VAM Listing
1903-S VAM-1 Normal Die
1903-S VAM-1A Thread-like Die Impression Tail Feathers
1903-S VAM-2 Micro S Mintmark, (Top 100 Morgan VAM)
1903-S VAM-3 S Tilted Left
1903-S VAM-4 2 Olive Reverse
1903-S VAM-5 Slanted Date, 2 Olive Reverse
1903-S VAM-6 903 in Denticles, 2 Olive Reverse
1903-S VAM-7 Slanted Date, S Tilted Left
1903-S VAM-8 2 Olive Reverse
1903-S VAM-9 S Set Right
List of Past VAM Assignments
- Miller, W., The Morgan and Peace Dollar Textbook. Metarie, LA: Adam Smith Publishing, 1983. p. 170
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This VAM is recognized by PCGS.
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