1878-CC VAM-7A Medium CC, Clashed

Discovered by Mark Kimpton, May 2004.

This coin is a Kimpton 12 Morgan Vam.

7A II 8 · B2d (Medium CC, Clashed Obverse G & st) ( ? ) I-2 R-7
Obverse II 8– Clashed die with faint partial incuse G of God from reverse next to Liberty head neck and partial incuse st of Trust from reverse showing in right hair vee of lower hair edge.

Comments:
1- Ask a collector or dealer what the rarest Carson City dollar is and you are likely to hear dates: 1879-CC, 1889-CC, 1893-CC. Talk with most VAM enthusiasts, and 1885-CC VAM-4 Hot-50 might come up and a few may bring up 1884-CC VAM-7A or 1890-CC VAM-9A. However, one of the best kept secrets is this coin, the 1878-CC VAM-7A, one of only four R-7 Carson City dollars. it is exceptionally rare.
2- It was discovered by Mark Kimpton in May 2004. The one pictured here is a PCGS MS63, perhaps the finest. Not many around to compare.

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LVA Plate Photos:
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Additional photos:
This is a fun coin. Not only is it extremely difficult to locate but it is loaded with great clash features of which only half are noted in the VAM Update currently. We'll start with them. The Update says there is a G clash by the neck. As one can see below, that is so and it is fabulous, showing the full arc and not just a small diagonal piece of it. The st at the end of trust are clashed in the hair vee. Also there is the other wing. In fact, if one examines the entire coin, one sees the astonishing clash of nearly the entire central device clashed on each side. More on that later.
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On the reverse, one can see the intersection of the neck and the G clearly. On the underside of the right wing (viewer's left), the clash from the end of the left wreath is strong to the wing edge. When that is present, generally one will find the bottom edge of the wing clashed on the obverse near the chin. In fact, the top and bottom edge of both wings are evident on the obverse.
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Now for the fun stuff, the undocumented features. Above the eagle and motto, nearly the entire bottom of the central Liberty bust is distinctly clashed. This is not at all common. As would be expected to go along with that there is an M (designer's initial) clash. See the region above the d shown in higher contrast.
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The best part is last. Remember that this is an exceptionally strong clash with transfers on both sides. Recently enough, New Orleans dollars were found with clashed O mint marks on the obverse. Well, Carson City, a branch mint, also has a mint mark. Look in the higher contrast region below the B. This is currently undergoing further study and verification.
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Large Full Coin VAM-7A Images on loan to VAMworld and ATTRIBUTED BYVariety_Slabbing_Service.jpg
Variety Slabbing Service is owned and operated by one of the most prolific attributors of the Mogan Dollars series, John Baumgart. We know him here as a contributor to these pages under “Messydesk”. One click on his logo above takes you to his site.
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2 Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-7A images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of and ATTRIBUTED BY Lance Newman OCC

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Price History:

ANACS AU50 April 2005 on eBay for $595
raw XF45 January 2009 on eBay for $148
raw F12 March 2006 on eBay for $66

Condition Census:

11/2015
TPG
Variety
Designation
Total
1-3
4-6
8-10
12-15
20-35
40-45
50
53
55
58
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
PCGS
VAM-7A
MS
8
0
0
0
1
2
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-7A
MS
16
0
2
2
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-7A
MS
3
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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