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SERIES: Peace Dollars 1921-1935
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1923 $1 VAM 1E Broken Wing (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

VAM 1E REVERSE DETAIL

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
133756
Diameter:
38.10 millimeters
Designer:
Anthony de Francisci
Weight:
26.73 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
30,800,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$1,528 • PCGS MS63 • 12-5-2013 • Heritage
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Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade
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5 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1923 "Broken Wing" Peace Dollar (VAM 1E) derives its name from a set of chips and cracks that appear on the upper portion of the eagle's wing.  This appears to be a progressive die deterioration and, from a value standpoint, the most desirable examples are those with the most advanced cracks and chips.  The die attribution image shown above represents a fairly late state of the dies.

This variety is fairly scarce.  PCGS has certified 40 examples as of May 2011, including 19 Mint State examples.  The finest examples certified by PCGS are four MS-64s.

The 1923 "Broken Wing" Peace Dollar is significant enough to merit inclusion in the Top 50 Peace Dollar Varieties book by Jeff Oxman and Dr. David Close.