1880-S $ VAM-33 MS63
The 1880-S $ VAM-33 MS63 is a numismatic coin that was minted in San Francisco in 1880. It is a Morgan Silver Dollar, which was a type of silver dollar that was minted in the United States from 1878 to 1904 and then again in 1921. The Morgan Silver Dollar was named after its designer, George T. Morgan, who was an English immigrant and engraver at the United States Mint. The 1880-S $ VAM-33 MS63 coin is a special variety of the Morgan Silver Dollar, known as a VAM (Van Allen-Mallis) variety. VAM varieties are named after Leroy Van Allen and A. George Mallis, who were two numismatists that cataloged and identified different die varieties of the Morgan Silver Dollar in the 1960s and 1970s. The VAM-33 variety is characterized by a doubled die obverse, which means that the design on the front of the coin (the obverse) appears to be doubled. Specifically, the doubling can be seen in the date, the word “Liberty,” and the stars around the perimeter of the coin. The doubling is caused by the die being engraved twice, which can happen when the die is prepared or when it is struck multiple times by the minting press. The MS63 grade of the 1880-S $ VAM-33 coin refers to its condition or state of preservation. The MS (Mint State) grading scale ranges from MS60 to MS70 and is used to describe uncirculated coins that have never been in circulation. The MS63 grade is a relatively high grade and indicates that the coin has only minor imperfections, such as small scratches or contact marks, that are visible under magnification. Overall, the 1880-S $ VAM-33 MS63 coin is a unique and collectible example of a Morgan Silver Dollar, with a distinctive variety and high grade that make it particularly desirable to numismatists and coin collectors.
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