Glossary of Terms
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VAM Number

A numbering system designed to catalog each die combination of Morgan and Peace dollars listed in The Complete Catalog and Encyclopedia of United States Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars by Leroy Van Allen and A. George Mallis.

Van Allen-Mallis

The authors of The Complete Catalog and Encyclopedia of United States Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars. This reference book was first published in 1971 and reprinted in 1998.

Variety

A coin's design that sets it apart from the normal issue of that type. These variations can include the size of the date, mintmark and/or placement of either.

VDB

An abbreviation for the 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Head cent, which are the initials for designer Victor D. Brenner.

Very Fine

A grading term that describes a coin that has about 45-80% of the original detail depending on the numerical grade assigned to the piece, also abbreviated as VF. VF-35 coins have nearly 80% detail and this decreases to about 45% detail on the VF-20 coins. The numerical equivalents associated with Very Fine are 20, 25, 30 and 35.

Very Good

A grading term that describes a coin that is heavily worn but the major devices and lettering are still for the most part clear, depending on how high the grade. This is also abbreviated as VG. The numerical equivalents associated with Very Good are 8 and 10.

Vest Pocket Dealer

A person who sells coins or other numismatic items on a part time basis.

VF

An abbreviation for Very Fine.

VG

An abbreviation for Very Good.

Vignette

The design elements on a bank note, including allegorical scenes, historical motifs and portraits.

V-Nickel

A common term for the five-cent coins with the Liberty Head design, struck from 1883 through 1912 , so called because of the large letter "V" on the reverse. (The 1913 issue was struck clandestinely and is not listed in mint reports.)

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