1879-S VAM-9 PAF, Doubled 9, Engraved Wing Feather From 1878-S

Discovered by Leonard Hinckley, February 1974. Revised 2010

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

9 (revised) III2 5 · B2e (PAF, Doubled 9, Engraved Wing Feather From 1878 S) (184) I-5 R-4
Obverse III2 5 – Closed 9 in date doubled on left outside of lower loop. Die markers- Diagonal polishing line at 2nd lower right hair junction, pitting in LIBERTY.
Reverse B2e – Partial broken r in Trust. Feather engraved between eagle’s right wing and leg. Die marker- Short horizontal polishing line at top left of engraved feather area of eagle’s right wing. Two small vertical tail feathers engraved at very left side of upper tail feathers that engraver mistakenly added to normally blank area to create 9 upper tail feathers. Normal upper tail feathers next to two added ones slightly strengthened on right side as added ridge.

Comments:
1- This obverse die was used on VAM-9, VAM-32, and VAM-35.
2- 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.
3- Same Reverse die as for VAM-9, 1879-S VAM-77, 1879-S VAM-77A
4- Same Die for 1879-S VAM-77 , 1878-S VAM-45 / 1878-S VAM-68.

Threads:
1- http://www.vamworld.com/share/view/62589746

LVA Plate Photos:
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Additional photos:
Here's a closer shot of the engraved upper tail feathers
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1879_S_upper-tf.jpgjth-1879s_ewf.jpg
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jth1879sv9-5.jpg1879-S_VAM-9_pitts.jpg

2 Sets of Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-9 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
1st set of VAM-9 is from the famous Jack Lee Collection. View this coin's history.
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Price History:

1879-S VAM-9 NGC MS62 $163.13 VAMquest 2/07
1879-S VAM-9 PCGS MS62 $256.98 eBay on 4/26/08


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-9
MS
142
0
1
3
0
2
15
14
10
25
15
3
6
32
5
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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