Reverse Die f

Primary Characteristics

Reverse die f appears only once, on VAM 8.  This is the simplest of all dies and VAMs to recognize because of that single placement.  It is also paired with an Obverse Die 1, so there can be little confusion there.


Quite simply, if the mint mark is tilted right you have a VAM 8.


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


VAMs Featuring Die f

8 - O Tilted Right

Die Crack Characteristics

Reverse Die f is easily recognized and only appears with a variation of Obverse Die 1 to form VAM 8 - O Tilted Right.  This is a common VAM and we have twenty examples for study ranging from Good 4 to MS 64 DMPL.


However, none of the MS or AU coins show any signs of die cracks and below those grades cracks can wear away.


33671804       Mint State 64


There are obviously many pairings for Obverse Die 1.


This illustration is from coin 28502817, a Mint State 63.

This illustration is from coin 28502831, a Good 04.  So this trait and VAM are still easily recognizable at very low grades.  In fact if it  were not recognizable you would not know you had an 1881-O.