Coins Certified as of 11/28

My Coin #02725987

1880-O $1 VAM 48 Hangnail MS64

PCGS#: 133879

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 1880 VAM 48 is one of the Top 100 VAM varieties.  The reverse is known as the "Hangnail Reverse" because of a thick, raised line that extends through the tail feathers just below the fletches of the arrows, presumably simulating a really, really long "nail" from the eagle's talon.  VAM 48 was previously known as VAM 1A.  VAM 48 shares a reverse with VAM 49 (also a Top 100 VAM), but the obverses are different in that the VAM 49 has a small spike on the top left of the 8 (the remnant of an underlyinh 7); the VAM 48 does not have the "spike." 

VAM 48 is a relatively scarce variety, but can be found in grades up to MS-64.  As of April 2011, PCGS has certified VAM 48's, including 23 in MS-63 and 12 in MS-64.  PCGS has not yet certified any PL or DMPL examples.

Diameter: 38.10 millimeters Designer: George T. Morgan Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 5,305,000 Weight: 26.73 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade