yesterday I posted a VAM-130C3, a coin I scored at a big pine pawn shop two summers ago. this first 1902-O is the other coin I bought along with that 1878, and I believe it to be a VAM-23, near date, doubled ear, two-olive reverse:
cool find: easy to see the near date, two olives and the inner ear doubling.
but I like this next one more. I scored this one from a junk silver bin at a miami coin shop a couple years back. the shattered die got past me on my first pick through the bin, but I saw it on my next pass:
easy to see the near date, two olives and doubled profile.
the die break at E DO is a small monster. alan scott at VAMworld helped me with both of these and said this die break is an LDS of VAM-15A. it shows! that die should have been retired far sooner, imho. the die crack off the top of the E runs up to the bottom wing feathers of the eagle, via the arrow feathers & talon. i'd load more images to show more of the extensive cracking but image optimizer is being fussy at the moment.
yes, I was squealing all the way back to key west after this miami day trip.