1878-S VAM-31 Tripled LIBERTY, Doubled Nostril & Eyelid, Sagging Jaw, Engraved Wing Feather

Discovered by David DeRuiter, November 1979.

This coin is a Top 30 1878-S Variety.

31(revised) II 17 · B2s (Tripled LIBERTY, Doubled Nostril & Eyelid, Sagging Jaw, Engraved Wing Feather) (184) I-3 R-4
Reverse B2s– Feather engraved between eagle’s right wing and leg. R in Trust not broken. Die Marker - Short diagonal polishing line in vee between eagle's neck and left wing.

Comments:
1- 1878-S VAM-29 and 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. VAM-31 is distinguished by a diagonal die polish line right of the eagle's neck in the vee between the neck and wing. Note images below for mm placement for VAM 29 vs. VAM 31.

LVA Plate Photos:
1878-S_VAM_31_Dbld_Eyelid.jpg1878-S_VAM_31_Eng_Feather.jpg
1878-S_VAM_31_Eng_Wing_Feather.jpg1878-S_VAM_31_Gouge_Above_U.jpg
1878-S_VAM_31_Sagging_Jaw1.jpg

Additional photos:
Note mm is set slighly left and tilted left, notched (S/S)
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This is image of VAM 29 mm Set slightly right.
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Gouge above U of PLURIBUS
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Sagging Jaw with engraving.
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Gouge in Bow
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-31 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-31 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY- RonH270 RonH270
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Price History:

ANACS MS61 (Attributed), VAMfinder (eBay), October 2009
NGC MS65, (Unattributed), eBay, March 2007



Condition Census:

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NGC
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