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

1891 $1 VAM 2 Doubled Ear (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

VAM 2 OBVERSE DETAIL

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
133935
Diameter:
38.10 millimeters
Designer:
George T. Morgan
Weight:
26.73 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
8,693,556
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$823 • NGC MS64 • 2-1-2015 • Heritage
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1891 VAM 2 Dollar shows doubling along the bottom edge of Liberty's ear and along the bottom edge of the hair that covers the top of the ear.  This clear doubling earned this variety a spot among the Top 100 VAMs, a designation that includes all of the most popular, desirable, and valuable VAM varieties in the Morgan Dollar series.

This variety is scarce, but not particularly rare.  PCGS alone has certified over 140 examples (as of March 2012).  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census includes both MS64 and MS65 grades, with none finer.  Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike examples of the 1891 VAM 2 are extremely rare.

Later die sates of the 1891 VAM 2 Doubled Ear begin to show a die break in front of Liberty's upper lip, ultimately giving the appearance of a moustache.  This die state is known as VAM 2A, and it is considerably more rare than the early die state VAM 2.