1880 $1 VAM 53 Checkmark (Regular Strike)

Series: Morgan Dollars 1878-1921

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

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1880 VAM 53 DETAIL

1880 VAM 53 DETAIL

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
416085
Designer:
George T. Morgan
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
38.10 millimeters
Weight:
26.73 grams
Mintage:
12,600,000
Mint:
N/A
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade PCGS #416085 (MS)     63
5 AU55 PCGS grade
5 AU55 PCGS grade
7 XF45 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
PCGS #416085 (MS)     63 #4 MS63 PCGS grade
#5 AU55 PCGS grade
#5 AU55 PCGS grade
#7 XF45 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

VAM 53 is one of the so-called "Checkmark" obverses, so-named because of a small raised mark on the left side of the upper loop of the second 8 of the date. This obverse was also used on two other VAM varieties (VAM 29 and VAM 29A), so one must look at the reverse for the presence of a raised die line running at a 45 degree angle through the top cluster of leaves on the right side of the wreath. VAM 53 is a fairly recent discovery (2008), so it is still rare today.

PCGS has certified (as of August 2011) only five examples of this variety, but none yet in Prooflike or DMPL.