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The placement of the date is in the normal position with regard to distance between the first 1 and the bust point.
Without deviations this is the coin as designed and intended for production. However, there are 27 coins with VAM characteristics that have die 1 as the foundation.
From the list of VAMs below one can see that the VAMs primarily relate to dominant issues on the reverse of the coin. When the issues do relate to the obverse they are focused on die deterioration, clashes, and not modification.
The spiked 8 appears in 28 different VAMs, making it one of the most common features in the list of 1881-O markings.
So how do you know you have a coin with an obverse Die 1? Die one has a normal profile, and normal date with no doubling. Some of the VAMs have the common feature of the chip in the upper loop of the first 8, but this is all within the context of a normal die. Clashes do not count since they are a production issue not a die creation issue.
Perhaps the most difficult coin to find in the 1881-O is a VAM 1 where you have Hub III2 and Die 1 for the obverse; and Hub C3 with Die a for the reverse. We have yet to see one!
(You can see the coins in our collection by clicking on the VAM link below.)
VAMs Featuring Die 1
1 - Normal Die
1A - Spike in 8
1B1 - Die Gouge in DOLLAR, Denticle Impressions
1B2 - Die Gouge in DOLLAR, clashed obverse n & st
1D - Pummeled or Flaky Eye
1E - Pitted Ear
1F - Pitted Obverse Right Field and Eagle
1G - Die Gouges Inner Wing #1
1H - Die Gouges Inner Wing #2
1I - Clashed Obverse n and st
1J - Clashed Obverse n and st
1K - Clashed Obverse n and st
2 - O/O Low
2A - O/O Low, Spike in 8
2B - O/O Low, Pitted NE-D
6 - O Tilted Left
6A - Spike in 8, O Tilted Left
7 - O Set High
8 - O Tilted Right
11 - Spike in 8, O/O Left
12 - O/O Lower Right
This image is from PCGS serial number 28656264 an Mint State 64, VAM 1G coin. In this image there is no spike in the upper loop of the first 8.
This image is from PCGS serial number 28488723, an Mint State 63, VAM 1D coin. In this image the spike is prominent, but it can also be found in various states of height and width as a result of wear.
21 - O/O Top Right
25 - O/O Right
37 - Doubled Reverse Legend and Motto
37A - Doubled Reverse Legend and Motto, Clashed n and st
37B - Doubled Reverse Legend, Beveled Field STAT and AM
38 - Triple Left Wreath, Doubled Reverse Legend
44 - Doubled Reverse Legend and Wreaths
48 - O/O Lines
59 - Doubled Reverse Legend and Motto
60 - Doubled OF AMERICA, O/O Left and O Set Left