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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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. However, when you get to VAM 4 things change. We know this is the same die because the doubling of the last 1 is identical. But VAM 4 exhibits several other characteristics. On VAM 4 the first 8 is doubled in addition to the last 1. On VAM 4 it also exists clashed, but without letter transfer. It also lacks the reverse O/O characteristic which separates it from VAM 5.