Reverse Die f

Primary Characteristics

Reverse die f appears only once, on VAM 8.  This is the simplest of all dies and VAMs to recognize because of that single placement.  It is also paired with an Obverse Die 1, so there can be little confusion there.

 

Quite simply, if the mint mark is tilted right you have a VAM 8.

 

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

 

VAMs Featuring Die f

8 - O Tilted Right

This illustration is from coin 28502817, a Mint State 63.

This illustration is from coin 28502831, a Good 04.  So this trait and VAM are still easily recognizable at very low grades.  In fact if it  were not recognizable you would not know you had an 1881-O.