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1880-S VAM-12 8/7 Spikes, Doubled 188
Discovered by Gordon Harnack, October 1972.
This coin is a
Hit List 40
III2 8 · C3a (8/7 Spikes, Doubled 188) (183) I-4 R-4
Obverse III2 8 –
80 repunched over 79 in date. Second 8 has a check mark on top of left side of upper loop, a thin diagonal line at top left outside, a faint vertical line at top right outside, a slight bulge of metal at top right inside of upper loop, a diagonal pointed dash attached to bottom outside of lower loop and is doubled at bottom left outside of upper loop. 0 has a small piece of metal at top right and a slight bulge at top left outside. 1 is doubled slightly on surface at right side. First 8 doubled at top left inside and on right inside on surface of lower loop.
Reverse C3a –
(medium) IV S mint mark at normal height with very slight tilt to left and partially filled loops with heavy polishing lines in upper loop. Very slightly doubled left wreath outside leaves towards rim and some leaves in right wreath. Long polishing line from top of wing up between n and G of In God. The first die pair is far more common than the second.
(medium) IV S mint mark at normal height with partially filled loops. Slightly doubled middle leaves on left side in second and third leaf cluster from top of left wreath and couple doubled leaves in lower right wreath. Doubled lower edge of bottom arrow feather and lower edge of eagle’s left wing. The second die pair has heavy vertical die file lines on the reverse and a single, long diagonal die scratch in the tailfeathers under the arrows.
No LVA Plate Photo:
Date Position for the VAM 12
checkmark on the left surface of the 8.
marker in the 0 of the date. It is located just right of 12 o'clock.
Line is in the D shaped void in the hair to the right of the jawline/hair junction. It runs from 10 o'clock to 3 o'clock.
Hopefully, the following two pictures show the spikes.
Here is a photo of the mintmark for good measure.
The final two photos show some polishing within the 'W' of ‘In God We trust’.
Images Below from Die 1 Example
Polishing line between "N" & "G" of God
Note that Not all Die 1 examples will have that polish line (above). Use the following polish line for die confirmation if that is not present.
To help identify die #2 the following picture is of the single, long diagonal die scratch in the tail feathers under the arrows.
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-12 Die #2 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy
PCGS MS-64, VAMfinder (eBay), $125, August 2009
PCGS MS-64, VAMfinder (eBay), $135, September 2009
PCGS MS-66, PCGS MS65+, PCGS MS-65PL, (2) PCGS MS 65, (3) PCGS MS-64, NGC MS-64
NGC MS66PL, NGC MS-66, PCGS MS65PL/CAC, PCGS MS65PL, PCGS MS65, PCI (Green) MS-65, NGC MS64DMPL
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