Reverse Die a

Primary Characteristics

Reverse die a is the normal state for the reverse of the 1881-O Morgan Dollar.  Almost by definition we would hope that it appears most often since it would mean that there was some measure of quality control at the Mint.

 

As VAM collectors it might be the worst thing because it eliminates collectible and unusual coin features.  The list below shows that there are 40 VAMs that have die a as the reverse die.

 

When you read this list you will see that the VAM descriptions are dominated by obverse features, as they logically should be with a normal reverse die.  The exceptions are with respect to die gouges, polishing, and clashes.

 

Perhaps the most recognizable feature of a normal reverse die is the upright and centered mint mark

 

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

 

The over-polished reverse of a VAM 16 coin number 32277343 a Mint State 64 DMPL.

The over-polished reverse of a VAM 16 coin number 32277343 a Mint State 64 DMPL.

55 - Doubled Right 1 Top and Right Side

55A - Doubled Right 1 Top and Right Side, Clashed n