1878-S VAM-22 DDO "RIB"

Discovered by Jim Baxter, September 1977. Revised 2010

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

22 (revised) II 9 ∙ B2g (Doubled motto, S Set Left) (185) I-5 R-6
Obverse II 9 – All motto letters strongly doubled. Doubled 1,2,4,,5 and 6 right stars. 1 and 7 in date doubled at top right. First 8 doubled on lower left outside of upper loop and top inside of both loops. Second 8 tripled at left inside of upper loop. Fourth right star is doubled, but not broken. Some die states vertical die polishing lines in fields.
Reverse B2g – Small III S mint mark set left and slightly high. R in Trust is not broken. Some die states show vertical die polishing lines in fields and over polished tail feathers and lower part of eagle's right wing.

Comments:
1- Wing-Leg area is over polished. No engraved feather is present.
2- The 1878-S VAM-22 shares an obverse with the 1878-S VAM-77 and VAM-111.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
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4th star pictured below is not broken, and actually has an extra point
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The excessive reverse die polishing in the next 2 pictures help cement the VAM 22 variety over the others. Note that early die states of VAM-22 do not have this excessive polishing.
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Note the early die state of VAM-22 can have a horizontal die scratch in the tailfeathers. The left side of the photo below shows a late die state coin. The right side shows an early die state with the die scratch in the tailfeathers.
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-22 (PCGS MS-62) Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Bowers & Merena Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
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From Heritage's auction archives another here several here

Price History:
ANACS AU55 eBay $82.55 12/21/2015
ANACS EF45 eBay $60 2/12/2016


Condition Census:
2/2016
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-22
MS
59
0
2
2
1
4
9
5
10
8
5
2
4
3
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-22
MS
54
0
0
1
2
6
8
4
6
12
4
3
1
6
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-22
MS
17
0
0
2
1
2
2
1
2
1
2
0
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
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