1878-S VAM-29 Tripled Liberty, Doubled Nostril & Eyelid, Sagging Jaw, Engraved Wing Feather

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1979. Revised 2010.

This coin is a Top 30 1878-S Variety.

29(revised) II 17 · B2q (Tripled LIBERTY, Doubled Nostril & Eyelid, Sagging Jaw, Engraved Wing Feather) (184) I-3 R-4
Obverse II 17– LIBERTY tripled to left and right. Doubled eyelid, nostril, and hair above date. Tripled front and bottom of chin. 18-8 slightly doubled at bottom outside. Both 8's doubled at top left inside of upper loop, possibly from die polishing. Front of chin has more rounded appearance from doubled profile. Diagonal die gouge at top left of first U in PLURIBUS. Fourth right star broken.
Reverse B2q– Feather engraved between eagle’s right wing and leg. Fully struck specimens show raised dots of rusted die on UNITED letters and leaves at top of left wreath. R in Trust not broken. Hub doubling on lower arrow head and tops of ONE DO towards coin center.

Comments:
1- 1878-S VAM-29 and 1878-S VAM-31 share the same obverse die. They are the only examples of engraving on the obverse. The obverse has doubled eyelid and nostril, and die file lines along the jaw edge, that gives a sagging jaw appearance.
2- VAM-31 is distinguished by a diagonal die polish line right of the eagle's neck in the vee between the neck and wing.

LVA Plate Photos:
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Additional photos:
Sagging jaw with engraved lines.
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Fully struck specimens show raised dots of rusted die on United letters and leaves at top of left wreath.
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VAM29 MM - note set slightly right and upright
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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-29 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-29 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Mr. 78-S Tim Barry

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Price History:

1878-S VAM-29 ANACS MS63 eBay $61.00 1/02/2010
1878-S VAM-29 ANACS MS-63 Ebay $80.00 2-1-2009

1878-S VAM-29 NGC MS64 eBay "store item" Buy It Now $149.99 August 2008
1878-S VAM-29 PCGS MS64 $95 eBay Feb-5-2007


Condition Census:

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