1878-S Long Nock Reverse


A small quantity of 1878 coin minted in San Francisco used a B1 reverse die. This B1 reverse can be detected by looking for a long center nock on the arrow shaft. These dies appear to have been used for the first coins that left the mint and any 1878-S coin with a B1 reverse is a rarity. Most of these coins are well circulated with even XF coins being exceedingly rare.

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There are nine known varieties of the long nocks. All are Top 100 Morgan VAMs.

The keys to identifying them are die clashes and gouges in Liberty's eye as well as mint mark position. Differentiating them can be difficult, especially on well worn specimens.

B1 Long Nock Reverse Mint Marks (Top 100 Morgan VAMs)

1878-S VAM-26 Long Nock Reverse, S Tilted Left
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1878-S_VAM-26_S_Tilted_Left.jpg


1878-S VAM-27 Long Nock Reverse, Broken D of Dollar
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1878-S VAM-56 Long Nock Reverse, S Set High
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1878-S VAM-57 Long Nock Reverse, S Set Left
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1878%20S%20VAM%2057%20%20S%20Set%20Left.jpg


1878-S VAM-58 Long Nock Reverse, S Set High
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1878-S-58-jbc-S.jpg


1878-S VAM-59 Long Nock Reverse, S Set Slightly Left
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1878%20S%20VAM%2059%20%20S%20Set%20Slightly%20Left.jpg


1878-S VAM-60 Long Nock Reverse, S Set High and Left
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1878%20S%20VAM%2060%20S%20Set%20High%20%26%20Left.jpg


1878-S VAM-62 Long Nock Reverse, S Set Far Left
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1878%20S%20VAM%2062%20%20S%20Set%20Far%20Left.jpg


1878-S VAM-72 Long Nock Reverse, S Tilted Left
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Price History:


Condition Census:


9/2013
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
ANACS
VAM-26 LONG NOCK TOP 100
MS
61
2
5
16
17
11
6
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-27 LONG NOCK TOP 100
MS
114
4
10
11
22
39
18
4
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-56 LONG NOCK TOP 100
MS
54
0
8
14
7
14
7
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-57 LONG NOCK TOP 100
MS
90
2
4
18
10
25
10
7
2
7
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-58 LONG NOCK TOP 100
MS
59
2
3
13
15
18
5
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-59 LONG NOCK TOP 100
MS
31
0
0
4
6
9
6
1
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-60 LONG NOCK TOP 100
MS
7
0
0
2
2
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-60 LONG NOCK TOP 100
MSDM
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-62 LONG NOCK TOP 100
MS
8
0
1
3
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-72 LONG NOCK TOP 100
MS
5
0
0
1
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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
NGC
LONG NOCK TOP 100
MS
69
4
5
11
13
14
11
2
4
2
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
LONG NOCK TOP 100
MSPL
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-26
MS
15
1
1
0
3
6
1
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-27
MS
19
0
1
2
5
5
5
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-56
MS
9
1
4
0
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-57
MS
13
0
2
3
1
3
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-58
MS
12
0
1
0
7
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-59
MS
2
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-60
MS
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-62
MS
4
0
2
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-72
MS
2
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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-26
MS
50
0
4
8
7
13
12
3
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-27
MS
103
4
14
6
13
36
23
5
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-56
MS
58
3
9
11
6
20
7
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-57
MS
90
5
6
9
10
24
13
3
9
3
5
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-58
MS
42
1
5
5
5
16
8
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-59
MS
27
1
1
3
3
7
8
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-60
MS
16
0
2
4
3
2
3
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-62
MS
20
0
2
4
2
9
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-72
MS
10
1
1
1
2
2
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0