Obverse Die 3

Primary Characteristics

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.

 

(You can see the coins in our collection by clicking on the VAM link below.)

 

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.