1878-S VAM-33 Engraved Wing Feather, Doubled L-R-BU, S/S Notches

Discovered by David DeRuiter, November 1979.

33(revised) II 20 · B2u (Engraved Wing Feather, Doubled L-R-BU, S/S Notches) (184) I-2 R-4
Obverse II 20- Doubled L-R-BU in mottto. Fourth right star broken. Spike above eyelid,
Reverse B2u– Feather engraved between eagle’s right wing and leg. R in Trust not broken, Slightly doubled D in DOLLAR at top left. Small S II mint mark set slightly high and to right and slightly doubled as notches on top and bottom serifs.

Comments:
1- doubled D variety
2- Obverse shared with VAM 42

LVA Plate Photos:
1878-S_VAM-33_Dbld_B.jpg1878-S_VAM-33_Spike_Above_Eye.jpg
1878-S_VAM-33_Die_Chips_Wing.jpg1878-S_VAM-33_Eng_Feather1.jpg
1878-S_VAM-33-S_S_Notches.jpg

Additional photos:
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2 Sets of Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-33 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
1878-S_RonH_VAM-33_OBVa.jpg
1878-S_RonH_VAM-33_REVa.jpg
An excellent example of both the expression TDITD (The Die Is The Die) and just how 'evil' an 'evil mimic' can be", according to John Roberts, Director of Attribution Services at ANACS and known here on this forum as Vampicker. The 'evil minic' Mr. Roberts refers to is the horizontal die scratch located at the eagle's right leg, which can be confused with the VAM-108 which uses a similar scratch as the "key" pick-up point for VAM-108. The expression of TDITD (The Die Is The Die), is here a vammer might think he has a new reverse because of the added polishing the eagle/neck gap, the completed polishing in the bow knot, the scratch by the eagle's right leg and that the die chips on the lower right wing are not very strong. It still is a Reverse B2u and it's coupled with Obverse II 20 which also received some additional polishing making it a LDS VAM-33.
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1878-S_RonH_VAM-33_OBV_05212012.jpg



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