1878-S VAM-111 Doubled Motto

Discovered September 2011 by John Roberts on a coin from Jason Henrichsen.

This coin is a Hot 50 Morgan VAM and This coin is also Top 30 1878-S Variety.

111 II9 B2a (Doubled Motto) (185) I-5 R-6
B2a - R in Trust not broken. S mint mark in normal position and very slightly high. Die Markers - Horizontal polishing line on 4&5 tail feathers, vertical polishing line between feathers left of eagle's right leg and two die chips to right of lower part of eagle's right leg.

Comments:
1- This coin has the obverse of the VAMs VAM-11, VAM-22 & VAM-77 with doubled motto and left 8 and some rt stars of II 9. It IS NOT the VAM 11 with broken r in Trust. It IS NOT the VAM 22 with S m/m set high & left. It IS NOT the VAM 77 with very high S m/m.
2- Currently [May 2013] there are five specimens known and as such the VAM 111 is both the rarest 78-S (including Long Nocks) and the rarest Hot 50 coin. The VAM 111 was selected as the 2011 VAM of the Year by the SSDC.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
The obverse motto is strongly doubled. Note the vertical die gouge pointing at the I of PLURIBUS
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The reverse falls into the 'normal' B2a classification. The specific die features a fairly strong horizontal scratch in the tailfeathers.
78s_v111_scratch_tail_feathers.jpg

Note that early die state VAM-22 coins can have a horizontal die scratch near here in the feathers. Check the mint mark position also. If it is oriented to the left of center, you likely have a VAM-22. Mint Mark Placement on an actual VAM-111:
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Gouges like 'eyebrows' above inner toe of right foot
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Obverse PUP:
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The die gouge as demonstrated clearly on the second photo from the top:
1878-S_VAM_111_Photo_3.jpg

The 'die marker'--vertical polishing line between feathers left of eagle's right leg....
1878-S_VAM_111_Photo_4.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-111 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY NGC
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Price History:

Heritage 2014

Condition Census:

Discovery ANACS 45 details
As of Nov 2015, there are five known specimens..
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