1879-S VAM-77 PAF, Engraved Wing Feather From 1878-S, 9 Upper Tailfeathers

Discovery 2010

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

77 III2 2e - B2e (PAF, Engraved Wing Feather From 1878-S, 9 Upper Tailfeathers) (?) I-5 R-6
Obverse III2 2e – Earlier die state than for VAM 34B without die polishing lines at right of cotton leaf next to cap fold and without over polished area below designer's intial M.
Die markers– Same as VAM-34B of fine diagonal polishing line from left side of lower cotton leaf next to cap fold. Confirming die marker for VAM-77 only that has been polished away on VAM-34B - Multiple short polishing lines at various angles at right vee in lower hair vee.
Reverse B2e – Later die state than for VAM-9 with some die cracks at top of United. Slightly different and coarser vertical polishing lines around eagle's head than VAM-9 and slightly shallow EDS. Still has 9 upper tail feathers with two small ones engraved at left side and engraving to strengthen middle feathers of eagle's left wing, same as 1879-S VAM-9.

Comments:
1- Extremely rare in any grade.

LVA Plate Photos:
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Additional photos:
Strong 'spike' from left side of right upper cotton leaf
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Several die lines are seen in the lower hair
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The designer's initial has not been over-polished in this stage of the die
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2 full coin copyrighted© VAM-77 images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of PAFs uploaded by oldcollectorcoins attributed by PAFs

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Price History:


Condition Census: Discovery 50 details
6/2013- 11 reported at SSDC 5 graded; 7 details.
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58
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63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
PCGS
VAM-77
MS
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
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0
0
0
0
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ANACS
VAM-77
MS
5
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0
1
3
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1
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-
MS
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