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1878-P VAM-130C1 Weak Nostril
Discovered by Brian Raines, May 2009. Revised 2009.
) II1 - B2a (Weak Nostril) (178) I-2 R-4
Obverse II1 -
Die 1 - Die over polished with slightly weak nostril and gaps in lower hair.
Die Markers --
Vertical polishing line above back of cap ribbon and vertical polishing line through vertical base of Y in LIBERTY.
Fourth right star has slightly weak left point but not broken off.
Die 2 - Short die polishing line at top right of R in LIBERTY. No polishing line in Y.
Reverse B2a --
Over polished die with flat area in middle of eagle's left wing and weak feather between eagle's right wing bottom and leg.
Die Marker --
Horizontal polishing lines to right of wreath bow.
LVA notes-VAM 130C1. same reverse as VAM 130C1, different obv. than VAM 130C1, So this coin has NEW obv. die 2.
Has 178 reeds of 130 C1. Not much to go for obv die marker.
Research shows the Die 1 progression occurred before the Die 2 marriage. The reverse of VAM 130C1 Die 1 should show almost no cracking, while the reverse of VAM 130C1 Die 2 will always have some cracking thru UNITED.
Die 1 is the "normally encountered" die, and will typically show the beginnings of a die crack at the top of the cap, that progress into VAMs 130C2 and 130C3. Note that this die crack emerges perpendicular to the cap. Die 2 also shows the beginning of a crack from the cap, but it emerges from the cap at ~ 45 deg. angle then turns perpendicular to the cap. Both Die 1 and Die 2 obverses exhibit a slightly overpolsihed nostril.
LVA Plate Photos:
Below is the typical Die 1 coin, which in later die states is 130C2 and 130C3. Note: Both Die 1 and Die 2 coins share the
reverse! The key difference in LIBERTY is the die polish line in the Y. Both Die 1 and Die 2 coins show a polish line in the R.
Here is an enlarged photo of the Die 1 pick up point. These features do
exist on Die 2 coins.
Note slight doubling of eyelid of Die 1 coin that is NOT present on Die 2 coin.
LVA Plate Photos: Die #2
Polish line in R, but NONE in Y; at this point Die 2 appears to be very scarce; Discovery coin is ICG XF 45 and appears to have started out as proof like.
: thin die scratch in fold of hair above the 1st star to the right of the date.
coin also has a micro chip inside the lower right of the ear. This feature does NOT exist on die 1.
Close-up of slightly doubled D in DOLLAR and slightly over-polished area next to eagle's right leg on the reverse shared between Die 1 and Die 2.
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