Altered Hair - Broken Curl 1 and Narrowed Curl 2

Broken Curl 1, Narrowed Curl 2

These coins are in an advanced state of polishing and curl 1 is broken or disappears as it approaches the designer's initial.  The area below the initial is usually free of all remaining "chatter" or remaining metal.

 

The second curl has narrowed considerably from polishing and appears broken in several small areas.  But the second curl is continuous and never broken completely.

VAM 1F - Pitted Obverse Right Field and Eagle

Curl 1-  The curl is completely terminated just before the initial creating a gap.  One might argue that the bottom of the initial has also been obliterated.

 

Curl 2 - Thinned all along the curl and when combined with the shortened curl 1 creates a large circular area below the initial.

 

Hair Vee - Weak and seems to be slightly polished creating a gap.  The last curl coming up from the bottom is shortened.

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The hair and small area of the cap have been over-polished near the field and there is a small break in the cap at the field.

 

Clashed Dies

Gouge in DOLLAR

Double Ear

Overpolished Wings

Altered Hair

Spiked 8

Similitudes

The Concept

VAM 8 - O Tilted Right

Curl 1-  The curl is thinned just below the initial and creates a hollow area, but picks up again on the far side of the initial.

 

Curl 2 - It appears that the curl is thinned just beyond the initial.

 

Bear Claw - Full

 

Hair Vee - There is some evidence of over-polishing in the hair vee with separation at the outside edge.

 

Small Bear Claw - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area is defined as a solid line, but the hair is softened at the field and less well defined.

 

VAM 24 - Doubled Second 1

Curl 1-  The curl is shortened and ends just before the designer's initial.

 

Curl 2 - The curl is thin in several places and much narrower just before the end of the curl.

 

Hair Vee - The large hair vee has been overpolished and is not closed at the field.

 

Lower Hair Vee - The lower hair vee is open at the field and is overpolished into the vee.

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area is partially open and weak at the field.  The hair is weak at the field junction.

 

VAM 26 - Doubled 18

Curl 1-  The curl is truncated before the initial and the open area is missing any fragments of detail.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is partially polished out and narrowed in places.  The die chip beyond the curl is missing.

 

Hair Vee - The right hair vee is starting to lose definition where it meets the field.  The inner area is starting to look polished.

 

Lower Hair Vee - The vee is opened slightly at the field.

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area is broken and starting to lose definition where it meets the field.  The back of the hair line is also softened and poorly defined where it meets the field.

VAM 26A - Doubled 18, Clashed Obverse us

Curl 1-  The curl is truncated before the initial and the open area is missing any fragments of detail.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is partially polished out and narrowed in places.  The die chip beyond the curl is missing.

 

Hair Vee - The right hair vee is starting to lose definition where it meets the field.  The inner area is starting to look polished.

 

Lower Hair Vee - The vee is opened slightly at the field.

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area is broken and starting to lose definition where it meets the field.  The back of the hair line is also softened and poorly defined where it meets the field.  The high points on the curls are softened.  The clash is visible above and below the break in the cap line where it meets the field.

 

 

 

VAM 35 - Doubled 188, O Set Left

Curl 1-  The curl is truncated before the initial and the open area is missing any significant fragments of detail.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is partially polished out and narrowed in places.  The die chip beyond the curl is missing.

 

Hair Vee - The right hair vee is starting to lose definition where it meets the field.  The inner area is starting to look polished.

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area is full, but starting to lose definition where it meets the field.  The back of the hair line is also softened and poorly defined where it meets the field.  The high points on the curls are softened.

 

VAM 37A - Doubled Reverse Legend & Motto, Clashed Obverse n, us

Curl 1-  The curl is truncated before the initial and the open area is missing any fragments of detail.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is partially polished out and narrowed in places.  The die chip beyond the curl is missing.

 

Hair Vee - The right hair vee is starting to lose definition where it meets the field.  The inner area is starting to look polished.

 

Lower Hair Vee - The vee is opened slightly at the field.

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area is broken and starting to lose definition where it meets the field.  The back of the hair line is also softened and poorly defined where it meets the field.  The high points on the curls are softened.

 

 

VAM 37B - Doubled Reverse Legend & Motto, Beveled Field STAT & AM

Curl 1-  The curl is truncated before the initial and the open area is missing any fragments of detail.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is partially polished out and narrowed in places.  The die chip beyond the curl is missing.

 

Hair Vee - The right hair vee is starting to lose definition where it meets the field.  The inner area is starting to look polished.

 

Lower Hair Vee - The vee is opened slightly at the field.

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area is broken and starting to lose definition where it meets the field.  The back of the hair line is also softened and poorly defined where it meets the field.  The high points on the curls are softened.

 

 

VAM 40 - Doubled Ear Inside & Bottom

Curl 1-  The curl is truncated before the initial and the open area is missing any significant fragments of detail.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is partially polished out and narrowed in places.  The die chip beyond the curl is missing.

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area is full.  The back of the hair line is softened and poorly defined where it meets the field.  The high points on the curls are softened.  This is an unusual example where the polishing of the back of the hair and cap are different.

 

VAM 51 - Doubled 18, Tripled Left Wreath, Doubled Legend, Clashed Obverse us

Curl 1-  The curl is truncated before the initial and the open area is missing any significant fragments of detail.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is partially polished out and narrowed in places.  The die chip beyond the curl is missing.

 

Hair Vee - Polished to a degree that the vee is starting to open, but also clashed at the vee opening.

 

Lower Hair Vee - Polished to a degree that the vee is open.

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area is partially obscured by the reverse clash, but likely open.  The  hair is starting to soften at the field junction.

 

VAM 65 - Doubled 18-1

Curl 1-  The curl below the initial is truncated before the initial and the area below the initial is open and clear.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl has been polished out to a degree that is is thinned in several places.  There is no die chip beyond the curl to indicate the hair terminus.

 

Hair Vee - The hair vee has been polished slightly and is open at the edge.

 

Lower Hair Vee - The lower hair vee has been polished slightly so that it is open at the field.

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area has been opened and there is only a remnant of the back of the cap line.  The hair is week and polished out in some areas at the field.

 

 

VAM 68 - Doubled 18, O Tilted Left

Curl 1-  The curl below the initial is truncated before the initial and the area below the initial is open and clear.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl has been polished out to a degree that is is thinned in several places.  There is only a faint die chip beyond the curl to indicate the hair terminus.

 

Hair Vee - The hair vee has been polished slightly and is open at the edge.

 

Lower Hair Vee - The lower hair vee is still closed.

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area is still defined but the hair is weak at the field intersection.