Reverse Die g
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Reverse die g has the common trait of a small die chip or dot in the center of the mint mark. There is a small diagonal polish line below the dot, but it is not necessarily for identification.
Die g is paired with two obverse dies, numbers 4 and 31 to makeup VAMs 9 and 46. The two VAMs are distinguished by obverse features and different doubling on the reverse. On both VAMs the doubling of the 18 is very similar and on VAM 9 the second 8 has an indentation of the lower loop of the second 8. It may be easier to separate the VAMs based on reverse features.
On VAM 9 the STATES OF is doubled. On VAM 46 the differences are subtle, but there is additional doubling in the right wreath and the tops of the letters in the Motto. Also, as an additional marker there can be some tiny die chips below the first 8 in the date on VAM 46.
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VAMs Featuring Die g
9 - Doubled 18, Dot O
46 - Doubled 18, Dot O
Die Crack Analysis
Reverse Die g is used on VAMs 9.1 and 46. The die is identified by what is designated as a "Dot in O."
The dot actually appears to be a smooth area between other clutter within the mint mark.
VAM 9.1 - Doubled 18, Dot in O, is common and we have eighteen copies as of November 2017. Of those, fifteen are mint state and none show any signs of die cracks or breaks on the reverse.
83754655 Mint State 64
VAM 46 - Doubled 18, Dot O is less common than VAM 9, but in November of 2017 we had four examples for study, and three of those are mint state. VAMs 9.1 and 46 are differentiated only by tiny die chips below the 18 in the date near the denticles.
32142837 Mint State 62
None of the VAM 46 coins in our inventory show any signs of die cracks or breaks.
This example is from a VAM 9 coin, number 26506499 a Mint State 62. The photograph shows the location of the dot and diagonal line in the mint mark.
This example is from a VAM 9 coin, number 26506499 a Mint State 62. The coin clearly shows the indentation in the second 8 and points of doubling.
This example is from a VAM 9 coin, number 26506499 a Mint State 62. Although not as clear in this photograph, the arrow shows the location of the letter doubling.