1887 $1 VAM 12 Alligator Eye MS63 Certification #36680703, PCGS #133910

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1887 "Alligator Eye" Silver Dollar (VAM 12) is so-named because of the doubled cornea on Liberty's eye.  This extra eyelid is known as a nictitating membrane and, in alligators, it serves as a shield for the eye and acts as a goggle when the alligator is underwater.  Nictitating membranes are found in many animals, including fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and even some mammals (but not humans).  Thus, this variety could just as easily have been called the Aardvark Variety or the Woodpecker Variety, had the namer been so inclined.

This variety is fairly common, with upwards of one thousand examples certified in Mint State.

PCGS #
133910
Designer
George T. Morgan
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
38.10 millimeters
Weight
26.73 grams
Mintage
20290000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
566
Pop Lower
128
Region
The United States of America
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2009:3072, $2,013 - Michigan Collection - Bowler Collection - Heritage 8/2016:5343, $3,760

1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

CullenB Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2009:3072, $2,013 - Michigan Collection - Bowler Collection - Heritage 8/2016:5343, $3,760

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #4 MS66+ PCGS grade

CullenB Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#4 MS66+ PCGS grade