is an acronym for Leroy V
llen and A. George M
allis, the two prominent numismatists who are responsible for identifying and categorizing all the die variants of Morgan and Peace dollars
. A VAM
is a die state or variation. Each individual year and mint has its' own set of VAM
's, each of which starts with VAM-1, an original, normal coin. So, every single Morgan and Peace dollar
has a VAM
number assigned to it.
That is, of course, excepting the undiscovered ones. Mr. Mallis has passed away, but Leroy Van Allen is still going strong, inspecting coins and assigning new VAM
numbers to varieties as yet unidentified.
Your VAM-8B could therefore describe almost any year or mint of Morgan or Peace dollar
. An 1881-S VAM-8B could be entirely different than a 1901-O VAM-8B, depending on what characteristics were found, in what order, for that year. The "B" part is likely a sub-variant - for instance, a "regular" VAM-8 might not have any die damage, but a VAM
8A could have die cracks and VAM-8B could have clashes, all from the same specific die pair.
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