1878-S VAM-49 "Funky Feather"

Discovered by Pete Bishal, July 1981. Revised 2012, 2013. TBConcrete

This coin is a Top 30 1878-S Variety.

49(revised) II 15 · B2ag (Acid Treated Wing Feather & Lower Eagle) (189) I-5 R-6
Obverse II 15– Die markers of two die scratches in hair behind neck. Die scratch at end of cap ribbon polished off. Latter die states have polished concave obverse with diagonal clash lines at neck.
Reverse B2ag– Acid treated feather between eagle’s right wing and leg extending up between wing and body with smooth top and rough sides. A long continuous acid treated area. Also acid treated evidence of flat raised smooth small sections on fields at end of arrow feather, lower left space to left of eagle's right leg, junction of top arrow feather and olive branch, end of lower tail feather, above olive branch right end, between lower two right arrow shafts and bottom edge of eagle's left wing. R in Trust not broken. Same die as VAM 103 Die Combo 3 but has added acid treatment.
Die markers: Raised dot on fourth feather from bottom of eagle’s left wing with line above and two lines below it, gouge in eagle’s mouth and diagonal line at left side of upper tail feathers.

Comments:
1- This variety has a concave polished obverse paired with engraved reverse wing feather. As with many 1878-S VAMs, engraved wing feathers are a key to identification of the VAM.
2- This one of four "funky feathers," called the crudest and most spectacular feathers of all the Morgan dies in the attribution guide, they have smooth surfaces and rough sides or smooth sides and rough surfaces: including this VAM-49 along with VAM-50, VAM-76 and VAM-81.
3- This die pair is the same die pair as V103 die 3. After an acid treatment.
4- VAM-49 has a unique dot in the middle of the Eagles left wing.
5- Unlike VAM 50 and 76, there are no eye spikes on VAM-49.
6- Re-engraved body goes all the way down the body to the bottom of the feather. On high grade pieces, this engraved area is mirror-like.

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LVA Plate Photos:
LVA_plate_tbi+78s_v49_revision.jpg
LVA_plate_tbi_78s_v49revision.jpgLVA_plate_tbi_78s_v49_revision.jpg

Additional photos:
DJC_1878-S_ll15B2ag_star.JPG DJC_1878-S_ll15B2ag_MM.JPG
DJC_1878-S_ll15B2ag_E.JPG DJC_1878-S_ll15B2ag_aacid.JPG
1878s_vam49_aa.jpg1878s_vam49_b.jpg
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The eagle's wing has a dot in the lower center that is unique to the four "funky feather" reverses.
1878s_vam49_f.jpg

The R in TRUST is unbroken
1878s_vam49_h.jpg

There are no spikes coming out of the eye like 1878-S VAM-50 and 1878-S VAM-76.
1878s_vam49_m.jpg

The obverse of this coin has significant polishing and is concave near the fields.
1878s_vam49_o.jpg

A unique die scratch, a very straight line, is within the curl above the lower hair that looks like a "bear claw".
1878s_vam49_k.jpg

ja78sv49-arrowF.jpg ja78s-v49-oliveb.jpg
ja78s-v49-wing.jpg ja78s-v49-hair.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-49 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions PCGS-64 ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
1878-S_RonH_VAM-49_OBV.jpg
1878-S_RonH_VAM-49_REV.jpg

Same coin as above with some added exposure.
1878-S_RonH_VAM-49_REV_Brighter.jpg



Price History:


VAM-49 ANACS MS62 eBay $155 Apr-16-2018
VAM-49 ANACS MS62 eBay $102.54 Jan-31-2018

VAM-49 ANACS MS60 Heritage $411.25 12/8/2013
VAM-49 NGC MS60 Heritage $305.5 12/8/2013
VAM-49 ANACS MS60 Heritage $381.88 12/8/2013

VAM-49 ANACS AU58 eBay $53 Jan-7-2010
VAM-49 ANACS AU50 eBay $36.27 Jan-7-2010

VAM-49 PCGS XF40 Heritage $223.25 12/8/2013

Condition Census:

4/2018
TPG
Variety
Designation
Total
0
1
2
3
4
6
8
10
12
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
53
55
58
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
PCGS
VAM-40
MS
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
3
0
0
1
0
4
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-49
MS
43
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
1
6
2
5
8
4
0
3
9
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SEGS
VAM-49
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ICG
VAM-49
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
VSS
VAM-49
MS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCI
VAM-49
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM4-9
MS
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total
58


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