Obverse Die 3
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Die 3 appears with two VAMs, numbers 4 and 5. When paired with reverse die a, it produces VAM 4. When paired with reverse die c, it produces VAM 5. VAM 5 is one of the more popular and a member of the Hit List 40.
On VAM 4, the first 8 and the last 1 are doubled. The first 8 is doubled on the inside of the upper loop. The last 1 is doubled on the left side of the vertical shaft and notched on the right side at the bottom.
On VAM 5 only the doubling of the right 1 is visible. VAM 5 is better distinguished by its reverse characteristics where there is a re-punched mint mark resulting in an O over O variety.
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VAMs Featuring Die 3
4 - Doubled 8-1
5 - O/O Right, Doubled 1
VAM 5 Doubled right 1 distinguished by the notch in the right side of the numeral shaft. This image is from PCGS serial number 15157892.
VAM 4 Doubled first 8 and right 1. Distinguished by the notch in the right side of the numeral 1 shaft as in VAM 5, but the first 8 also has doubling on the inside of the upper loop. This image is from PCGS serial number 24127031, an Almost Uncirculated 50 coin.