1879-S VAM-50 PAF, Doubled Date, Engraved Wing Feather

Discovered by Calvin Cherry, February 2001.
Revised 2015

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

50 (revised) III2 25 · B2i (PAF, Doubled 7 Top, Engraved Wing Feather) (184) I-4 R-6
Obverse III2 25 – Closed 9. 7 doubled at top as two arcs on field and on upper left of stem. Doubled URI in PLURIBUS on right side. Die markers- 7 doubled at top and R at left inside of upper loop.
Reverse B2i – Later die state than VAM-43. Acid treated leaves to strengthen them in left wreath opposite ON, U, NI with rough surfaces and raised dots. Die later lightly polished weaking acid treated leaves at ON & UN. Acid treated leaves on all die states that varies with die polishing and wear. Die marker- Diagonal polishing line in middle of eagle’s left wing. Intermediate die state.

Comments:
  1. This reverse die was used on VAM-43, VAM-50, VAM-51, VAM-52, and VAM-67.
  2. VAM-4, VAM-23, VAM-25, VAM-43, VAM-50, VAM-51, VAM-52, and VAM-56 all have an unbroken R in TRUST.
  3. The 7 in the date is doubled at the top, both left and right, and the stem is doubled on the inside, lower shaft.
  4. The 9 is a so-called closed type.
  5. Die marker- Diagonal polishing line in middle of eagle’s left wing. Intermediate die state.

Threads:

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
Date showing location od doubling on 7 and so called open 9
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The R in PLURIBUS is doubled on the inside left of the upper loop.
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There is a series of die gouges in the eagle's left, viewer's right, wing.
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The 'r' in Trust is full.
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There is an engraved feather between the eagle's right leg and wing.
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The mintmark is slightly tilted to the right and there are a few faint polish lines in the bow.
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Bears Claw Courtesy of Vampicker
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Large Full coin Photo of VAM-50 Courtesy of Teletrade AOH
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Price History:

$787.50 PCGS XF40 VAMQuest 7/15/09


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-50
MS

0
0
1
0
3
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-50
MS
31
1
1
4
7
6
10
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
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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