Altered Hair - Full Curls

VAMs With Full Curls

We are defining hair with full curls as those where the curls continue to terminate in a point.  This trait is difficult to pin down because we assume a die must be in an early state to qualify.  The longer a die was used and possibly re-polished to extend its life, the less likely this state will be preserved.  This observation is reinforced by the preservation of other features on these coins.

 

 

There are a large number of examples where there is a small remaining portion of the hair beyond the curl.  This often appears as a chip or small gouge.  We did not include these in this section.

 

Clashed Dies

Gouge in DOLLAR

Double Ear

Overpolished Wings

Altered Hair

Spiked 8

Similitudes

The Concept

VAM 1D - Pummeled or "Flaky" Eye

Curl 1-  Completely filled in and almost crowds the initial so that there is no gap between the initial and the hair.

 

Curl 2 - Full and there is additional metal where the two curls come together making the hair appear to come to a point rather than a softer ending.

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - Slightly softened on the highest points

 

VAM 14 - Doubled First 8, Die Gouge DO

Curl 1-  The curl is broken just below the initial and creates an area that almost appears to be hairs or fine lines.  The small gouge beyond the curl tip is much larger than on other dies and appears as an extension of the two curls where they come together.

 

Curl 2 - Full and there is additional metal where the two curls come together making the hair appear to come to a point rather than a softer ending.

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair are defined as a solid lines, but the hair appears to have been softened just slightly.

VAM 18 - Doubled 18, Die Gouge DOL

Curl 1-  The curl is slightly abbreviated below the initial with a small "X" shape remaining.  Beyond the curls there is a die gouge or chip that has enough substance to bring the two curls into a point.

 

Curl 2 - Full

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair are defined as a solid lines and the curls are full.

 

VAM 19 - Doubled 1-1 & Profile

Curl 1-  The curl is slightly abbreviated below the initial with a small "X" shape remaining.  Beyond the curls there is a die gouge or chip that has enough substance to bring the two curls into a point.

 

Curl 2 - Full

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair are defined as a solid lines and the curls are full.

 

VAM 20 - Doubled 18

Curl 1-  The curl is slightly abbreviated below the initial with a small "X" shape remaining.  Beyond the curls there is a die gouge or chip that has enough substance to bring the two curls into a point.

 

Curl 2 - Full

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair are defined as a solid lines and the curls are full.

 

VAM 27 - Doubled Ear

Curl 1-  The curl is slightly abbreviated below the initial with a small "X" shape remaining.  Beyond the curls there is a die gouge or chip that has enough substance to bring the two curls into a point.

 

Curl 2 - Full

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair are defined as a solid lines and the curls are full.

 

 

VAM 28 - Doubled Profile

Curl 1-  The curl is slightly abbreviated below the initial with a small "X" shape remaining.  Beyond the curls there is a die gouge or chip that has enough substance to bring the two curls into a point on Die 1.  On Dies 2 and 3 the gouge or chip is not filled in and the area below the initial is a larger gap.

 

Curl 2 - Full

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair are defined as a solid lines and the curls are full.

 

VAM 34A - Doubled 18, Pinned Wing

Curl 1-  The curl is slightly abbreviated below the initial with a small "X" shape remaining.  Beyond the curls there is a die gouge or chip that is visible and gives the two curls the appearance of coming to a point.

 

Curl 2 - Full

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair are defined as a solid lines and the curls are full.

 

VAM 53 - Doubled 18, Pitted Ear

Curl 1-  The curl below the initial seems full.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is intact and there is a die chip beyond the curl that blends back in to make the two curls look as if they come to a point.

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair is full.

 

VAM 54 - Doubled Right 1 Bottom, O Set Left

Curl 1-  The curl below the initial is nearly full, but with some missing portions of the hair just below the initial.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is intact and there is a die chip beyond the curl that blends back in to make the two curls look as if they come to a point.

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair is full.

 

VAM 55A - Doubled Right 1 Top & Right Side, Clashed Obverse n

Curl 1-  The curl below the initial is nearly full, but with some missing portions of the hair just below the initial.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is intact and there is a die chip beyond the curl that blends back in to make the two curls look as if they come to a point.

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair is full.

 

Note - These images are from an Almost Uncirculated 50 coin.

VAM 66 - Doubled Right 1 Bottom

Curl 1-  The curl below the initial is thinned but the remnants of the hair curl top are visible.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is full and proceeds to the intended juncture with the other curl.

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair is full.

 

VAM 69 - Doubled Profile, Cap, and Left 8, O/O Left

Curl 1-  The curl below the initial is thinned but the remnants of the hair curl top are visible.

 

Curl 2 -  The curl is full and proceeds to the intended juncture with the other curl.

 

Hair Vee - Full

 

Lower Hair Vee - Full

 

Cap and Hair Back - The back of the cap area and hair is full.