1878-S VAM-57 Long Nock Reverse, S Set Left

Discovered by Michael Fey and C. Nowack, April 1995.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM. This coin is a Top 30 1878-S Variety.

57(revised) II 23 · B1d (Long Center Arrow Feather, S Set Left) ( ? ) I-5 R-7
Obverse II 23– Eyelid doubled at bottom front and short spikes at eye bottom front and lower part of eye socket.
Reverse B1d– Small III S mint mark set slightly left well below wreath, with slight tilt to left. Die marker of small die chip at lower right outside of S mint mark and small die chips in field below S mint mark.

Comments:
1- The key to attributing 1878-S Long nock coins is the clashes, spikes and marks around the eye, as well as the mint mark position.
2- The eye marks are faint on this coin, but are highlighted on the image to the right.
3- The II 23 obverse is also used with VAM-26 and 60.
4- Other Long Nocks include VAM-26, VAM-27, VAM-56, VAM-58, VAM-59, VAM-60, VAM-62, and VAM-72.

LVA Plate Photo:
1878 S VAM 57 S Set Left.jpg

Additional photos:
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The mint mark is set slightly left of center.
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Small die chip at lower right outside of S mint mark and small die chips in field below S mint mark.
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VAM-57 is a long nock Morgan. The center of the arrow is longer than most 1878-S coins with the normal nock.
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STATES crack is a great diagnostic for VAM-57.
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-57 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Mike Faraone at PCGS

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Hi Resolution of Same Coin

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1878-S_RonH_VAM-57_REV_PLATE_09122013.jpg

2 copyrighted© images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of oldcollectorcoins from a coin of Brian Raines

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Price History:

1878 S VAM-57 PCGS VF 30 $292.51 eBay 08/22/2010
1878-S VAM-57 PCGS XF 45 $528.75 Heritage 7/11/2013

Condition Census: 9/2013
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
ANACS
VAM-57 LONG NOCK TOP 100
MS
90
2
4
18
10
25
10
7
2
7
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-57
MS
90
5
6
9
10
24
13
3
9
3
5
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-57
MS
13
0
2
3
1
3
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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