1878 VAM-9 First Morgan Die.

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, October 1966.

This coin is a Top 100 and a WOW! Morgan VAM.

9 I12 A1h (Doubled Reverse) (193) I-2 R-7
Obverse I12 Doubled E PLUR and U-M of the motto at the top of the bottom serifs. First four stars on left and all of the stars on right slightly doubled on outside. First 8 doubled at top inside of upper loop. 7 in date doubled slightly on right side. First obverse die used.
Reverse A1h - All of legend and motto doubled. Left wreath and olive leaves slightly doubled. Three small feathers added on eagle's right and two one eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing. First reverse used.

Comments:
1- The 1878 VAM-9 Morgan Silver Dollar is the very first set of dies used to strike Morgan dollars! The 1878 VAM-9 is an 8 tailfeather coin with the A1h reverse. Detective work has revealed they began striking the new Morgan coins at 3:17 PM on March 11, 1878. The combination of the die and the time is known because a reporter was present at the event and the first coins struck were presentation pieces for President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States.
His specific coin has been preserved and studied for die features and subsequently identified as a VAM-9. According to a reporter present, only 303 pieces were struck when the die failed and new ones had to be used. The reporter's accounting of the mintage for this die pair is generally not considered credible, since observations of current collectors indicate that while VAM 9 is indeed scarce, far more than 303 were made. The reverse die is identifiable because of the "comma" feather on the lower right side as looking at the eagle. Some VAMmers describe this feather as kidney-bean shaped and it is a key identifier of a VAM-9.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-62_Presentaion_Coin_Wing_Feathers.jpg
1878_v9_rev_a.jpgCFE_03-02-2011_1878-P_V9_KIDNEY-BEAN-FEATHER.jpg

On the obverse, there are unique die polish lines in the cotton bolls as well as a line in the Phrygian cap band that can sometimes be seen even on very worn specimens.

1878_v9_obv.jpg

Here are some uncirculated prooflike images for the page. The obverse die was the same one that later was used to strike VAM-14 and VAM-14.15.

1878-P-9-eye.jpg1878-P-9-ear.jpg
1878-P-9-wings.jpg1878-P-9-bow.jpg

The Clash Version of this coin is located at: 1878-P VAM-9A.

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-9 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions©
EX: Leroy Van Allen Collection
View Heitage's Desription for the MS 62 DMPL
View Heitage's Desription for the MS 64 DMPL
The ANACS 62 DMPL Presentation Piece
VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-62_Presentaion_Coin.jpg
VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-62_Presentaion_Coin_Obv.jpg
VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-62_Presentaion_Coin_Rev.jpg

The ANACS 64 DMPL Presentation Piece
VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-64_Presentaion_Coin.jpg
VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-64_Presentaion_Coin_Obv.jpg
VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-64_Presentaion_Coin_Rev.jpg

So what does a VAM-9 with a little wear look like? Here is a VAM-9 PCGS-30.
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-9 Images© on loan to VAMworld courtesy
TeletTradeLogo14.jpg® ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg

1878_RonH_VAM-9_OBV_PCGS-30_TT_04082011.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-9_REV_PCGS-30_TT_04082011.jpg
From Heritage's auction archives another here here here a page of VAM-9's




Price History:

ANACS MS62 DMPL "Presentation Piece", sold on Heritage from the Leroy Van Allen collection for $11,494 in April, 2008
ANACS MS64 DMPL "Presentation Piece", sold on Heritage from the Leroy Van Allen collection for $19,500 in May, 2008
NGC MS61, eBay BIN $4,501 5/2010
PCGS AU50 eBay BIN $900 9/09
pcgs au50 attr. ebay auction $930.00 oct/09/11

pcgsxf45 attr $695.00 ebay auction 11/01/11
NCS AU50 Det. eBay $400 1/10
PCGS XF45 eBay BIN $750 5/09
SEGS XF45(attr) eBay $338.33 3/09
pcgsvf30 attr $537.77 ebay auc 11/01/11

Condition Census:

VAM-9A was not discovered until 2005 and may be included in VAM-9 totals.

7/2016
TPG
Variety
Designation
Total
0
1
2
3
4
6
8
10
12
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
53
55
58
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
PCGS
VAM-9
MS
225
0
0
0
0
2
2
7
2
3
1
1
5
16
17
34
58
34
24
7
6
0
1
3
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-9
MS PL
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-9
MS
129
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
2
1
1
5
2
5
6
26
27
29
8
8
3
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-9
MS PL
4*
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0*
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-9
MS DM
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-9
MS Details
120
0
0
0
0
3
0
3
0
0
4
4
4
0
12
1
28
24
22
6
7
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-9
MS
72
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
3
13
14
15
8
6
5
2
0
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
MGC
VAM-9
MS PL
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-9A
MS
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-9A
MS Details
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
2
6
3
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-9A
MS
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
4
5
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total
593

  • Corrected population - ANACS 60PL crossed to NGC 60PL, but remains in the ANACS census.

*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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