1878-P VAM-44 7/8 Tailfeather Tripled Blossoms

Discovered by Guy Messing, January 1974. Obverse discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM as well as a 2011 John Roberts 11.

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44 II/I 37 B/Ad (3 TF) (179) I-5 R-7
Obverse II/I 37 - LIBERTY doubled slighty with BER showing faint shadows on right side. First star on right and number seven on left doubled. Cotton blossoms and leaves tripled on right side.

Comments: An amazing variety that, based on recent sales figures, is becoming a "must-have" for all serious Morgan dollar collections. The problem? Only about 70 are known and the demand is for far more than that!
1878 VAM-44 has a doubled die obverse and a double die reverse. It is considered the “King of VAMs” by many collectors. The VAM-44 obverse has one of the most clearly defined Tripled Dies in the Morgan Dollar series. The leaves and cotton bolls are dramatically tripled. The reverse has a 7/8 tailfeather reverse, the long nock on the arrow shaft can be seen along with “weak” tailfeather tips showing, 3 to 5 depending on the strike and how hard you look. There is more dramatic doubling of both of the eagle’s legs. This variety is tremendously sought after by collectors and XF to low-end AU specimens can command several thousand dollars. The reverse of this coin is shared with VAM-33 (a very common coin) so whenever you see the doubled eagle’s legs on the reverse be sure to check the obverse leaves and cotton bolls for doubling that marks the VAM-44. The late die stage is clashed and these images can be viewed under VAM-44A.

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No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-44 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- external image vampicker-sm.jpg vampicker.

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High Resolution Photos of the Same Coin Above.

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Different Coin Below.

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From Heritage's auction archives another page of 27 here



Price History:

Heritage Auction Archive 2013
1878 7/8TF 44 62 PCGS Jan-09 H $17,250
1878-P PCGS MS62 VAM-44, $20,700 - Heritage Auction, August, 2007

1878 7/8TF 44 61 PCGS 9/17/2013 H $14,100
1878-P PCGS MS61 VAM-44 $13,218 - VAMquest.com Auction #25, Lot 25001

1878 7/8TF 44 58 PCGS Mar-10 H $6,908
1878 7/8TF 44 58 NGC Jan-09 H $6,900
1878-P PCGS AU58 VAM-44, $12,075 - Heritage FUN Show Auction, January, 2008

1878 7/8TF 44 30 PCGS Mar-10 E $2,020
1878 7/8TF 44 10 PCGS Mar-10 TT $1,725




Condition Census:


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
Date
PCGS
7/8 TF VAM-44 TOP 100
MS
63
0
0
2
1
7
4
9
8
5
10
8
0
4
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1/2016
PCGS
7/8 TF VAM-44 TOP 100
MSPL
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1/2016
NGC
7/8 TF VAM-44 TOP 100
MS
19
0
0
0
1
0
2
3
4
3
3
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1/2016
NGC
7/8 TF VAM-44 TOP 100
MS
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1/2016
ANACS
7/8 TF VAM-44 TOP 100
MS
29
0
0
1
3
2
3
2
5
1
6
0
1
0
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1/2016
ANACS
7/8 TF VAM-44 TOP 100
MSDM
3
0
0
0
0
0
0

0
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1/2016
ANACS
7/8 TF VAM-44 TOP 100
MSPL
9
0
0
0
0
0
0

0
0
1
3
0
1
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1/2016
ANACS
7/8 TF VAM-44A TOP 100
MS
2
0
0
0
0
0
0

0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1/2016


Total
130

*The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys Copyright 2009 RCI. With permission from the authors Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., http://www.rcicoins.com, and Jeff Oxman, http://www.vamlink.com
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