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SERIES: Morgan Dollars 1878-1921
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1886-S $1 VAM 2 S/S (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

CLOSEUP OF REPUNCHED MINTMARK

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
133906
Diameter:
38.10 millimeters
Designer:
George T. Morgan
Weight:
26.73 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
750,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$8,813 • PCGS MS66 • 10-8-2014 • Heritage
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Thje 1886-S VAM-2 is included among the Top 100 VAM varieties, automatically adding to its popularity and allure.  On VAM-2, the mintmark was repunched with a slight rotation of the positioning between punches.  As a result, each of the serifs of the mintmark shows slight doubling.  Because it is a fairly subtle variety, it is possible to cherry-pick this variety.  Fortunately for collectors, there is a ready supply.  VAMworld.com rates this variety as R-4 (very scarce), but that translates into tens of thousands of examples,  Thus, collectors will have no problem adding an example to their collection at a reasonable price.  

The most common grade in which this variety is found apears ot be MS63.  None are known above MS66.  Prooflike 1886-S VAM-2's are very rare and DMPL examples are even more so.