Obverse Die 12

Primary Characteristics

On die 12 the first 1 is doubled slightly at the top right of the vertical shaft.  The first 8 is doubled at the top and right inside, and bottom outside of the lower loop.

 

The familiar die chip at top left inside of upper loop of the first 8 at about 11 o'clock is present.

 

Die 12 is only paired with reverse die a, and they combine to make only VAM 12.

 

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VAMs Featuring Die 12

20 - Doubled 18

Die Crack Characteristics

Obverse Die 12 is only associated with VAM 20.  We have several examples, but the most advanced with die cracks is an MS 62.  The cracks run from about 6 o'clock up to 9 o'clock and actually cut through the lower point in the bust..

19925080

 

This coin also has the familiar Spike in 8.  And then as a final marker there is a die crack just developing in the lower hair vee.

 

These images are from coin 19925080 a Mint State 62 VAM 20 coin.