1879-S VAM-66 PAF Reverse, Doubled 187, Die Rust Dots on Wing Next to Leg

Discovered by Larry Briggs 9-16-2007

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

66 III2 35 ∙ B2a (PAF Reverse, Doubled 187, Die Rust Dots on Wing Next to Leg) (184) I-4 R-7
Obverse III2 35 – Doubled 187 with slightly doubled 1 at left side of vertical shaft and right bottom of base, 8 at right inside of both loops and bottom outside and 7 at left side and lower edge of crossbar and left side of vertical shaft. Slightly doubled right stars toward rim. Slight counter-clash at lips and polished clash marks below cap ribbon in field. Over polished area around initial M and hair curls to right. Fine vertical polishing lines in fields. Die Markers - Vertical polishing lines in nostril and some heavy horizontal polishing lines in hair curl space behind neck.
Reverse B2a – PAF reverse of B2 type with small III S mint mark. R in Trust not broken. Vertical polishing lines in fields with polished feather between eagle's right wing and leg. Die state between VAMs 56 & 23.

Few examples known. Appears to be between VAMs 4 and 23 in the reverse die progression. Further research is encouraged, particularly as more examples are found.
note:this die is an extreme rarity in any grade particularly above vf
Collector interest:high

LVA Plate Photos:

Additional photos:
Overpolished tail feathers on reverse
R in trust is not broken:
Polishing lines in nose
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Another shot of the pitted base of the wing from another example.
79s v66 pitted wing jpr.jpg

Price History:

Ebay buy it now$4200 for pcgs vf35 attributed 04/27/15

Condition Census:

6 circulated known.
*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