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1926-S VAM 4 "Dot Variety" Die Progression:

(Reconciling Oxman Die Stages and Dr. Close’s Die State Listings)

Oxman Die Stages Close Die States My Top Grade Obverse Number Obverse Diagnostics Obverse Diagnostics Obverse Diagnostics Reverse Diagnostics Comments my pop
Pre Stage (LDS) The Obv Die for VAM 4 was 1 st used on VAM 6 0 Obverse #1 No Crack to 1 in Date Evidence of a Single Obverse Clashing Event No Chip on Ray The VAM 6 Reverse Die was replaced by the VAM 4 Dot Reverse. The 1926-S VAM 6 Obverse was the pre-cursor to VAM 4 0
Die Stage 1 Die State 1 (P) 63 Obverse #1 Die Crack to 1 in Date Single PolishedClash Marks No Chip on Ray No Evidence of Clash Marks Earliest VAM 4 Die State 2
Die Stage 2 May not Exist 0 Obverse #1 Die Crack to 1 in Date Visible Marks on Obverse from a 2 ndClash No Chip on Ray Strong Visible Reverse Clash: None Reported Second Obverse Clashing 0
Die Stage 3 Die State 2 (N) 63 Obverse #1 Die Crack to 1 in Date Visible Marks on Obverse from a 2 ndClash No Chip on Ray Evidence of 1 st Clashing Polished off Second Obverse Clashing 3
Die Stage 4 N/A (A) 58 Obverse #1 2 nd Faint Die Crack Forks down from 1 st Visible Marks on Obverse from a 2 ndClash No Chip on Ray 1 st Clashing Episode Polished off Reverse heavily polished 5
Die Stage 5 Die State 3 (N) 61 Obverse #2 No Die Crack to ‘1’ in Date No Obv. Clash Marks are Visible No Chip on Ray No evidence of further clashing No Obv. Die Cracks or Clashing 2
Die Stage 6 Die State 4a (P) 62 Obverse #2 No Die Crack to ‘1’ in Date Still no Obv. Clash Marks are Visible Chip on Ray No evidence of further clashing Obv Die is Unclashed 1
Die Stage 7 Die State 4b (P) 64 Obverse #2 No Die Crack to ‘1’ in Date Still no Obv. Clash Marks are Visible Chip on Ray No evidence of further clashing Obv Die is Clashed 1
Die Stage 8 May not Exist 0 Obverse #2 No Die Crack to ‘1’ in Date Evidence of Strong Single Clashing Event Chip on Ray With Strong Clash Marks: None Reported No crack from back of Lib cap 0
Die Stage 9 Die State 5 (A)50 Obverse #2 No Die Crack to ‘1’ in Date Effects of the Single Clash Polished Down Chip on Ray Faint Clash Marks left after Polishing No crack from back of Lib cap 5
Die Stage 10 Die State 6 (P)63 Obverse #2 No Die Crack to ‘1’ in Date Short Die Crack from Libertys Cap into field Chip on Ray Further polishing on the Reverse Die Crack on Neck Vee to Edge 6
Die Stage 11 Die State 7 (A)55 Net Obverse #2 No Die Crack to ‘1’ in Date Die Crack from Libs Cap all the way to Y Chip on Ray Short Ray below N in ONE Neck Vee Crack out into field 3
Die Stage 12 A later Terminal Die State could exist 0 Obverse #2 A later, Terminal Die State in which one or both of the VAM 4 dies were replaced in the coining presses is not presently known. Sever Polishing and Clashing could have seriously weakened and/or damaged the dies. 0

 

Acknowledgement: Giving credit where credit is certainly due, the contribution of Dr. David Close to the data in this chart could not be overstated. There’s no question that Dr. Close is the foremost expert in that segment of our hobby known as U.S. Peace dollar varieties, and my research, or anyone else’s for that matter, rests squarely on his shoulders. Thanks, David, for so graciously sharing your knowledge and insights with the rest of us!
All rights Reserved © 2018 Jeff Oxman • April 30, 2018
No part of this research or presentation may be reproduced by any means without the written consent of the author.

Editor’s Notes:

June 1, 2018 Dr. Close sent the following analysis of the current 1926-S Die Progression Chart:
1926-S VAM4 Dot

Jeff, Nice work on the die progression of this variety! With coins in hand, here are my comments:

  • Pre stage - My coin is uinclashed but has the die crack seen at 1 in date on obv. 1 of VAM 4
  • Die Stage 1 - looks good
  • Die Stage 2 - looks good, may not exist
  • Die Stage 3 - looks good
  • Die Stage 4 - Die Stage 2 has this same fork in die crack, although faintly. Appears to be the same as Die Stage 3
  • Die Stage 5 - looks good
  • Die Stage 6 - look good
  • Die Stage 7 - has small die chip between curl & tail of 9 in date
  • Die Stage 8 - Would like to see one w/ unpolished clash mark on reverse.
  • Die Stage 9 - Clashing above hair on obv does not appear to have been polished, appears to be same as Die Stage 8. Has die crack on neck
  • Die Stage 10 - evidence of die clashing above hair has been polished off. Die crack neck extends slightly into field above 9
  • Die Stage 11 - looks good, this was the original VAM 4A, the earlier die states were added later.
  • Die Stage 12 - Would be neat if someone found either of these possibilities!