Obverse Die 13
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On die 13 the first 1 in the date is doubled at top right of the vertical shaft and appears as a notch. The second 1 is doubled at the top of the upper crossbar and on the lower left side of the vertical shaft.
When combined with reverse die d this creates VAM 22, and when combined with normal die a it creates VAM 49. Although, on VAM 49 the reverse overshadows the die 13 features and becomes the more defining feature of the VAM.
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VAMs Featuring Die 13
22 - Doubled 1--1, O Tilted Left
49 - Doubled 1--1, Die Gouge in DOL
Die Crack Characteristics
Obverse Die 13 is paired with Reverse Die d to form VAM 22. The reverse die has a mint mark that is centered and tilted left. When paired with Reverse Die a this forms VAM 49, but with the distinctive feature of a die gouge through the DOL in DOLLAR.
The common characteristic of Obverse Die 13 is distinctive date doubling of the first and last 1 at the top of each numeral. We have twenty-three examples of VAM 22, but only three of VAM 49 which we would assume is the less common.
None of the three examples of VAM 49 show any signs of die cracks or breaks, nor do the examples of VAM 22. Interestingly the die shows the same degree of polishing, so it was not removed from service to be re-basined between uses. Die 13 shows the familiar Spike in 8 with both VAMs.
This is PCGS 25699416, an MS65PL coin. It is a VAM 22 and, like all our VAM 22 coins, shows no die cracks.
This is PCGS 32125849, an MS62 coin. It is a VAM 49 and, like all our VAM 49 coins, shows no die cracks.
These two images are from coin 07574537, an MS62DMPL, VAM 22 example.