1879-S VAM-39 PAF, Engraved Wing Feather

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, March 1981.

This is a Reverse of '78 (PAF) coin and a Top 100* VAM variety.

39 III2 1 · B2g (PAF, Engraved Wing Feather) (183) I-4 R-4
Obverse III2 1 – Normal die of closed 9. Die markers- Diagonal polishing line in hair behind ear, three horizontal polishing lines between wheat grains.
Reverse B2g – Intermediate die state without diagonal polishing line in eagle’s right wing. Has the double polishing lines on lower inside of right wing next to leg.

Comments:
1- VAM-9, VAM-35, VAM-39, VAM-42 all have a partially broken serif in the R of TRUST. The top portion is missing, but almost all of the shape is visible.
2- Earliest die state without diagonal polishing line in eagle’s right wing is 1879-S VAM-35. Later reverse B2g die state with additional thin diagonal polishing line in lower part of eagle’s right wing is VAM-34. VAM-34A is an even later die state.

Threads:
1- http://www.vamworld.com/share/view/78013561

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
1879-S_VAM-39_Markers2.jpg
2nd Specimen
RDM 1879-S Rev 78 Obv wht lns 052714.jpg
RDM 1879-S Rev 78 Obv dt 052714.jpg
RDM 1879-S Rev 78 Rev trst 052714.jpg
RDM 1879-S Rev 78 Rev mm 052714.jpg

From Mitch Hill, Large Full Coin VAM-39 Images photographed and ATTRIBUTED BY John Baumgart @ Variety_Slabbing_Service.jpg

1879sv39-obvVSSMHI1A.jpg
1879sv39-revVSSMHI1A.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-39 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
1879-S_RonH_VAM-39_OBV.jpg
1879-S_RonH_VAM-39_REV.jpg


Price History:

Condition Census: 6/2013
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
PCGS
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-39
MS
143
0
2
3
4
8
21
8
11
16
14
12
6
29
8
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

*The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys Copyright 2009 RCI. With permission from the authors Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., http://www.rcicoins.com, and Jeff Oxman, http://www.vamlink.com
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