1878-P VAM-189 Added Engraved Wing Feather

Discovered by Michael Fey, August 2002.

This coin is a Hit List 40 Morgan Vam.
This coin is a Top 30 1878 Variety

189 II 1 B2g (Added Engraved Wing Feather) (193) I-4 R-6
Reverse B2g Same as B2c with broken r in Trust but with die over polished with original feathers missing on eagle's right wing next to leg and center of eagle's left wing. Diagonal feather lines engraved in missing feather area next to eagle's right leg. First known die of Philadelphia Mint adding wing feathers to 7 TF reverse.
rev:closed o,broken r

Comments: Very scarce variety and one of the top 5 7TF coins according to Jeff Oxman. EDS coins have 2-sided PL qualities and do not have the long diagonal die polish lines visible in the photo below.
This marriage apparently ended with a clashing episode with the obverse die being repolished. The weakened obverse was then used for VAM 188 and later VAM 223.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
1878_7TF_VAM-189_Closeup.jpgNESVt20101104_1878P_189_01.JPG
NESVt20101104_1878P_189_02.JPGNESVt20101104_1878P_189_03.JPG

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-189 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS_LOGO3.jpg
John Roberts is the Director of Attribution Services at ANACS, a prolific writer of coin articles for Coin World magazine and numismatic books. He is a longtime collector of Morgan dollar varieties and is considered an expert in attributing Morgan varieties. We're very fortunate to have him contribute in this forum as- VAMpicker VAMpicker.

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VAM-189 Images XF-45 from the Bernard (Bernie) Linhart Collection on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Mike Faraone at PCGS
1878_RonH_VAM-189_REV_06242013.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-189_OBV_06242013.jpg

From Heritage's auction archives another here here


Price History:


pcgs xf45 sold for $719.00 ebay oct/12/11
SEGS VF35 sold for $600, January 2008


Condition Census:


PCGS MS-61, PCGS AU-50, PCGS XF45
ANACS AU-58

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-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SEGS
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ICG
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
VSS
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCI
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


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