1878-S VAM-76 Tripled Eyelid, Acid Treated Wing Feathers

Discovered by Larry Briggs, August 2002.
Revised 2012.

This coin is a Hit List 40 Morgan Vam. This coin is a Top 30 1878-S Variety.

76 (revised) II 21 · B2as (Tripled Eyelid, Acid Treated Wing Feathers) (184) I-3 R-5
Obverse II 21– Eyelid slightly tripled in front of eye just below front of eyelid. Point of fourth right star broken. Die chip at mouth corner.
1878-S VAM-50 has the same obverse.
Reverse B2as– Smooth acid treated feather between eagle’s right wing and leg with some smooth acid treated bars in middle of eagle’s left wing and smooth patches between eagle's right wing and body, in eagle's right wing and to left and right of eagle's right leg. R in Trust not broken. Unusual acid treated smooth patches in wings and at eagle's leg.

Comments:
1- One of Four 1878-S varieties with very crudely engraved wing feather with granular surface, raised dots, and splotches.
Called "funky feathers," 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-76 along with VAM-49, VAM-50 and VAM-81.

Threads:
1 - 78-S_V76_High-Res_Photos

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
Obverse Features Tripled eyelid:
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This specimen had die chips near the ear as well:
78-S_VAM76_Obv_ear.jpg

Broken Fourth Right Star:
78-S_VAM76_Obv_4th_r_Star.jpg

Reverse Features
Mint Mark:
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Funky Feather:
78-S_VAM76_Rev_Eagle_Right_Wing_Detail_spikes.jpg
78-S_VAM76_Rev_Eagle_Right_Wing_Detail.jpg
78-S_VAM76_Rev_Eagle_Breast.jpg
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2 copyrighted© images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of oldcollectorcoins from a coin of Brian Raines

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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-76 Images from Bernie Linhart Collection on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Mr. 78-S Tim Barry

1878-S_RonH_VAM-76_REV_12062013.jpg
1878-S_RonH_VAM-76_OBV_12062013.jpg


Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-76 Images from Bernie Linhart Collection on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Mr. 78-S Tim Barry

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From Heritage's auction archives another here


Price History:

1878-S VAM-76 PCGS MS62 $334 eBay Sept. 28, 2012
1878-S VAM-76 PCGS MS61 $215 eBay June 2010
1878-S VAM-76 PCGS MS62 $305.01 eBay June 23, 2010
1878-S VAM-76 PCGS MS63 $599 eBay March 2010
1878-S VAM-76 PCGS MS63 $400 private party June 2010


Condition Census:

11/2015
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
PCGS
VAM-76
MS
32
0
0
0
0
2
3
1
1
1
0
0
2
9
10
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-76
MS
33
0
0
0
0
1
4
5
2
4
2
2
4
5
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-76
MS
6
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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