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Learning about clash marks

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I had never seen die clash marks in person or in pictures until...


I was examining the extensive die cracks on an 1887-P morgan I have. I noticed a vertical line that ran straight up from the left wing. I also spotted a funny curved raised area just left of the upper right portion of the wreath. Both marks appeared to have a strong double and weak third image.


Ding-Ding... the bell went off...these are clash marks! Are these common on Morgans? I found the same marks on another Morgan I have.


I'll try to attach a picture of the marks by the wreath.

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These are indeed clashmarks, and they're common on all United States coins, Morgans included. A number of the TOP-100 and HOT-50 VAM varieties that NGC certifies are nothing more than distinctive die clashings that have become popular with VAM collectors.

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