1879-S VAM-43 PAF, Doubled Date, Engraved Wing Feather
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1992.
This is a Reverse of '78 (PAF) coin and a Top 100* VAM variety.
43 III2 21 · B2i (PAF, Doubled Date, Engraved Wing Feather) (184) I-4 R-6
Obverse III2 21 – Closed 9. Entire date is doubled. 1 is strongly doubled at top left and right of lower crossbar. 8 doubled at lower right inside of lower loop. 7 slightly doubled below upper crossbar. 9 slightly doubled at bottom inside of lower loop.
Die marker- Diagonal polishing line below 1 at top of denticles.
Reverse B2i – R in trust not broken. Feather engraved between eagle’s right wing and leg.
Die marker- Diagonal polishing line in middle of eagle’s left wing. Intermediate die state.
- This reverse die was used on VAM 43, VAM 50, VAM 51, VAM 52, and VAM 67.
- VAM 4, VAM 23, VAM 25, VAM 43, VAM 50, VAM 51, VAM 52, and VAM 56 all have an unbroken R in TRUST.
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Full Coin VAM 43 Images © Variety Slabbing Service, used with permission.
Full Coin VAM 43 Images © Heritage Auctions, used with permission. Attributed by Mitch Hill
- 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]