1878-S VAM-18 "Spaghetti Wings" Die Gouges in Wings.

Discovered by Bill Fivaz, July 1976. Revised 2014

This coin is a WOW! and a Top 30 1878-S Morgan VAM Variety

18 (revised) II1 - B2e (Extra Engraved Wing Feathers, Break Right Star) (184) I-4 R-5
Obverse II1 - Point of fourth right star only partially broken. Diagonal die clash line extending to left from eyelid tip. (Also VAMs 59 & 72.) Radial die crack at left side of first right star with displaced field break on initial use with B2 reverse and progressing with die use.
Reverse B2e - Fine engraving lines in middle of both eagle's wings where die was over polished due to incorrect basining. R in TRUST not broken.

Comments:
1- Extraordinary die gouges within the Eagles' left and right wings from improper basining. Popular, and quite difficult to find.
The VAM-18 is very rare in Mint State with only 3 specimens in MS attributed by ANACS as of early 2010.
2- Close examination of the obverse reveals it is the same die as used for VAMs 72 and 59. It appears to be slightly later in the progression
than VAM 59 as the obverse clashing is somewhat more polished away.

Threads:
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Differences between EDS and LDS coins http://www.vamworld.com/share/view/63163978
Revision of 18 vs. 18A http://www.vamworld.com/share/view/68636434

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
1878-S_VAM-18_Reverse_with_Nock.jpg

#1 Eagle's Left Wing Feathers ...............................................................................#2 Eagle's Right Wing Feathers
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Point of fourth right star only partially broken
NM_1878-S_VAM-18_Partial-broken-4th-star.jpg
1878-S_VAM-18_Eye_with_clash.jpg
Die clash line eye

1878-S_VAM-18_Nock_Closeup.jpg

Coin photo courtesy of Jim Hart
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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-18 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Mr. 78-S Tim Barry
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VAM-18 Images from the Bernard (Bernie) Linhart Collection on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Baumgart at Untitled-TrueColor-1xxx.jpgVariety Slabbing Service is owned and operated by one of the leading attributors of the Mogan Dollars series, John Baumgart. We know him here as contributing to these pages under “Messydesk”. One click on his logo above takes you to his site.

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Price History:

ANACS MS 62 $763.75 HA Lot 8743 June 6, 2014
AU50 SOLD $299.00 ON EBAY BIN MAY 27 2010



Condition Census:

6/2014
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-18
MS
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-18
MS
16
0
0
0
1
0
5
2
1
3
0
0
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SEGS
VAM-18
MS
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ICG
VAM-18
MS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1d
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
VSS
VAM-18
MS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCI
VAM-18
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-18
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total
25
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