Top 100 Morgan VAMs

1888-O "Scarface" - VAM 1B

The "Top 100" Morgan Dollar varieties are a distillation of the thousands of die varieties discovered by the VAM authors (an acronym of the authors' names of Van Allen and Mallis) into the most important, rarest, and/or most readily discernible varieties. Authors Fey and Oxman (developers of the Top 100 list) explain it best: "Of these 2000 [VAM] varieties, only a fraction spark (sic) the interest of non-variety collectors. For instance, of the 51 known 1881-S die varieties, not one produces a premium in the marketplace. What's wrong? Actually, there's nothing wrong - it's just that VAM collecting requires a clearer focus. And that is the purpose of this book - to supply the reader with specific information about the 'Top 100' varieties in the Morgan dollar series in order to highlight those varieties which are collected, bought and sold on a premium basis."

The following list differs from the original Top 100 VAM list in that certain of the Micro-O varieties have been delisted after they were discovered to be counterfeits.

Sources and/or recommended reading:

"Comprehensive Catalog and Encyclopedia of Morgan & Peace Dollars" by Leroy C. Van Allen and A. George Mallis

"The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys" by Michael S. Fey, Ph.D and Jeff Oxman

www.vamworld.com

Spec#Description
133788 1878 8TF Doubled RIB (VAM 5)
133792 1878 8TF 1st Die Pair (VAM 9)
133806 1878 8TF Wild Eye (VAM 14.11)
133816 1878 8TF Doubled LIBERTY (VAM 15)
133824 1878 8TF Crazy Lips (VAM 23)
133827 1878 Weak 7/8TF 7/3 (VAM 32)
133828 1878 Strong 7/8TF 7/7 (VAM 41)
133829 1878 Weak 7/8TF Triple Blossoms (VAM 44)
133830 1878 7TF R78 Double Talons (VAM 45)
133831 1878 7TF R78 Doubled RIB (VAM 70)
133832 1878 7TF R78 Type 1 Obverse (VAM 100)
133834 1878 7TF R78 Triple Blossom (VAM 198 [formerly 199.1] or VAM 115)
133836 1878 7TF R78 Tripled Star (VAM 141 or VAM 117)
133837 1878 7TF R78 Tripled R (VAM 171)
133838 1878 7TF R79 Short Leaf (VAM 203)
133839 1878 7TF R79 Tripled R (VAM 220)
133840 1878 7TF R79 Washed Out L (VAM 223)
133841 1878-CC Doubled Leaves (VAM 6 or VAM 18)
133843 1878-CC Lines in Wing (VAM 11)
133844 1878-CC Doubled Leaves (VAM 24)
133845 1878-S Long Arrow Shaft (VAM 26-27, VAM 56-60, VAM 62 or VAM 72)
133854 1879-O over Horizontal O (VAM 4 or VAM 28)
7088 1879-CC Capped Die (VAM 3)
7094 1879-S Reverse of 1878 (VAM 4, VAM 6, VAM 9, VAM 23, VAM 25, VAM 34-35, VAM 39, VAM 42-43, VAM 46, or VAM 50-52)
133870 1880 Knobbed 8 (VAM 1A)
133871 1880 8/7 Spikes (VAM 6)
133872 1880 8/7 Crossbar (VAM 7)
133873 1880 8/7 Ears (VAM 8)
133874 1880 8/7 Stem (VAM 9)
133875 1880/79 (VAM 23)
133876 1880/79-CC Reverse of 1878 (VAM 4)
7102 1880-CC 8/7 High 7 (VAM 5) or 8/7 Low 7 (VAM 6 )
133879 1880-O Hangnail (VAM 48)
7116 1880/79-O Crossbar (VAM 4 or VAM 5)
133882 1880-O 8/7 Ear (VAM 6 or VAM 6A)
133884 1880-O 8/7Ear Hangnail (VAM 49)
133885 1880-O Doubled Ear (VAM 43)
7120 1880/79-S Medium S (VAM 8) or Large S (VAM 9)
133888 1880-S 8/7 Crossbar (VAM 10)
133889 1882-O/S Flush or EDS (VAM 3)
133891 1882-O/S Recessed or EDS (VAM 4)
87138 1882-O/S Broken or EDS (VAM 5)
133895 1882-O O (VAM 7)
133896 1883 Sextupled Stars (VAM 10)
133897 1883-O/O (VAM 4)
133898 1884 Large Dot (VAM 3) or Small Dot (VAM 4)
133900 1884-O/O (VAM 6)
42666 1885-S/S (VAM 6 or VAM 9)
133902 1886 Line in 6 (VAM 1A) or Line in M, Misplaced Date (VAM 21)
133904 1886 Doubled Arrows (VAM 17)
133905 1886-O Clashed E (VAM 1A)
42790 1886-S/S (VAM 2)
133907 1887 Donkey Tail (VAM 1A)
7174 1887/6 (VAM 2)
133909 1887 Doubled Date (VAM 5)
133910 1887 Alligator Eye (VAM 12)
133911 1887-O Double 1, Triple 7 (VAM 2)
7178 1887/6-O (VAM 3)
133913 1887-O Doubled Stars (VAM 5)
133914 1887-O DDO, Pitted Reverse (VAM 22A)
42937 1887-S/S (VAM 2)
133916 1888 Doubled Ear (VAM 11)
133917 1888-O Clashed E (VAM 1A)
87184 1888-O Scarface (VAM 1B)
7308 1888-O Hot Lips (VAM 4)
133920 1888-O Doubled Arrows (VAM 9)
133921 1888-O Oval O (VAM 2, VAM 5-6, VAM 17-18, VAM 21, VAM 24, or VAM 34)
133928 1889 Bar Wing (VAM 19A or VAM 22)
133930 1889-O Clashed E (VAM 1A)
133931 1889-O Oval O (VAM 2 or VAM 17)
133933 1889-O Doubled Date (VAM 6)
87198 1890-CC Tailbar (VAM 4)
133935 1891 Doubled Ear (VAM 2) or Doubled Ear/Moustache (VAM 2A)
133937 1891-CC Spitting Eagle (VAM 3)
133938 1891-O Clashed E (VAM 1A)
133939 1891-S Doubled Stars (VAM 3)
133940 1892-O Doubled Ear (VAM 7)
133941 1892-S Doubled Date (VAM 2)
133942 1893 Doubled Stars (VAM 4)
133943 1895-S over Horizontalk S (VAM 4)
133944 1896 Doubled Stars (VAM 4)
133945 1896 8 in Denticles (VAM 19)
133946 1897 Pitted Reverse (VAM 6A)
133947 1899-O Micro O (VAM 4, VAM 6 or VAM 31-32)
133951 1899-O Micro O, Wing Lines (VAM 5)
133952 1899-S Doubled Date (VAM 7)
133953 1900 Doubled Wing (VAM 11 or VAM 24)
133955 1900-O Doubled Stars (VAM 15)
133956 1900-O Die Break (VAM 29A)
133957 1900-O/CC (VAM 9)
7268 1900-O/CC (VAM 7, VAM 7A, VAM 8, VAM 8A, or VAM 10-12)
7302 1901 Shifted Eagle DDR (VAM 3)
133966 1902 Doubled Ear (VAM 4)
7306 1903-S Small S (VAM 2)
133968 1921 Morgan VAM 41 (formerly VAM 1A )
133969 1921 Morgan Wide Reeding
133970 1921-D TRU_T (VAM 1A)