Reverse Die c

Primary Characteristics

Reverse die c only appears once in the list of VAMs, but it shows up prominently.  There is some debate about the mint mark on VAM 5.  You will at times see it referred to as an O/O, O/S, or the ever popular "So Called O/S".  It is also referred to as an O/O Right with a die gouge in the oval.


The die when combined with the Obverse Die 3 produces a very desirable Hit List 40 VAM.


(You can see the coins in our collection by clicking on the VAM link below.)


VAMs Featuring Die c

5 - O/O Right, Doubled 1

Die Crack Description

Reverse Die c has only one pairing and that is with Obverse Die 3.  This combination produces VAM 5 - O/O Right, Doubled 1.  This is a Hit List 40 VAM and one of the most sought after in the 1881-O series.


Because of the popularity of the VAM and our desire to study it in various states and grades we  have a large number, twenty-six, of them ranging in grade from AU 50 to MS 64 DMPL.


27855650       Mint State 64


None of our examples of VAM 5 show any reverse die cracks or breaks.


This illustration is from coin 15157892, a Mint State 62 VAM 5.