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VAM - Any variety of U.S. silver dollar described in the book Morgan and Peace Dollars by Van Allen and Mallis.

VAM number - Unique number assigned to each die combination of Morgan and Peace dollar known to the authors of The Complete Catalog and Encyclopedia of United States Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars. Called VAM because of the authors Leroy Van Allen and A. George Mallis.

Van Allen-Mallis - Authors of The Complete Catalog and Encyclopedia of United States Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars first published in 1971, and reprinted in 1998.

Variety - A minor change from the basic design of a specific coin type.

VDB - Synonym for the 1909 VDB Lincoln Head cent.

Vectures - Transportation tokens.

Vecturist - A person who specializes in transportation tokens.

Very Fine - Term for the grades VF-20, 25, 30, and 35.

Very Good - Term for the grades VG-8 and VG-10.

Vest pocket dealer - A part-time coin merchant.

VF - Acronym for Very Fine.

VG - Acronym for Very Good.

Vignette - A pictorial element of a bank note design that shades off gradually into the surrounding unprinted paper or background rather than having sharp outlines or a frame.

V-nickel - Synonym for the Liberty Head five-cent coins struck from 1883 - 1912. (The 1913 was struck clandestinely and is not reported in Mint documents.)

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