1878-S VAM-17A Doubled D, Denticle Impressions

Discovered by John Roberts, December 2001. Revised August 2009 by VAMfinder

This coin is a Hit List 40 and a Super CD, This is a Top 30 1878-S Die Variety.

17A(revised) II 13 • B2d (Doubled D, Denticle Impressions) (184) I-5 R-6
Obverse II 13– 7 has raised slanted dash at very bottom. Shallow raised dots at left inside of lower loop of both 8's. Point of fourth right star completely missing. Late die state with most denticle impressions polished and worn away.
Reverse B2d– Slightly raised denticle impressions thru OLL in DOLLAR, below OL and four slanted impressions below left tail feathers.
Late die state with denticle impressions at UN & STAT weak from die wear.

Comments:
1- The most clashed denticles discovered on any Morgan (until the related VAM-17B and VAM-17C were discovered in late 2009 when this VAM's description was updated and it's Interest Rating raised to I-5 from I-4).
2- This is member of the "Super CD" list of the most desirable clashed dies and a Hit List 40 VAM.
3- Here is the VAM-17 Obverse Die Progression as we have it on the pages..does not JIVE with LVA assertion.

Threads:
1- http://www.vamworld.com/share/view/13332325

LVA Plate Photos:
1878-S_VAM-17A_Missing_Star_Point.jpg1878-S_VAM-17A_Over_Polished_Hair.jpg
1878-S_VAM-17A_Lengthened_Denticle_SpacesR.jpg

Do not use the below Plates for Attribution
This is an older plate photo that is no longer accurate: coin pictured is likely
VAM-17B or VAM-17C.
1878-S_VAM-17A_Denticle_Impressions_OLL1.jpg
1878-S_VAM-17A_Denticle_Impressions_OLL.jpg
1878-S_VAM-17A_Denticle_Impressions_TF.jpg
1878-S_VAM-17A_Lengthened_Denticle_SpacesBU.jpg

Additional photos:
Denticle clashes below arrow feathers.
1878s_v17a_a.jpg

More clashes below OLL of DOLLAR - Notice there are not as many clashes as the VAM-17B or VAM-17C, which are early die states of the VAM-17A.
1878s_v17a_h.jpg

Over polished obverse has a lack of details in the hair (specimen pictured below appears to be VAM-17 rather VAM-17A).
1878s_v17a_f.jpg

Over polished reverse has weak areas in the wings.
1878s_v17a_e.jpg

Mark useful for die identification in the bow
1878s_v17a_d.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-17A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions
1878SVAM17AMHIHER0083OBV.jpg
1878SVAM17AMHIHER0083REV.jpg
VAM-17A Images from the Bernard (Bernie) Linhart Collection on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Mike Faraone at PCGS
1878-S_RonH_VAM-17A_REV_07252013.jpg
1878-S_RonH_VAM-17A_OBV_07252013.jpg



Price History:

1878-S Raw MS VAM-17A eBay - $67.70 3/8/09, kelanies
1878-S ANACS MS63 VAM-17A SUPER CD $72.02 eBay Jul-10-2008
1878-S VAM-17A NGC MS63 eBay Buy It Now $164.99 04/27/08
1878-S VAM-17A Raw GBU PL $395.00 5/20/2010

Condition Census:

NGC MS65, NGC MS64PL, PCGS MS63, PCGS MS63, PCGS MS62, ...
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






1
2

0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0









0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0








1
1
0
0
0
0
0
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