1879-S VAM-6

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1879-S VAM-6 PAF, Tiust, Engraved Wing Feather

Discovered by George Mallis, June 1965.
This is a Reverse of '78 (PAF) coin and a Top 100 VAM variety.
6 III2 2b · B2c (PAF, Tiust, Engraved Wing Feather) (184) I-4 R-5
Obverse III2 2b – Open 9.
Die marker- Diagonal polishing lines on upper lip.
Reverse B2c – Broken r in Trust to form Tiust with upper serif completely missing. Small III S mint mark tilted slightly to left. Feather engraved between eagle’s right wing and leg.
Die marker- Die chip on 2nd inside feather from bottom of eagle’s left wing.

1. his obverse die was used on VAM-6 and VAM-58.
2. This reverse die was used on VAM-6 and VAM-46.
3. One of two 1879-S VAMs with completely broken r, TIUST. The other is VAM-46, which has a closed 9.
4. There is a horizontal polish line in the Y of LIBERTY.


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Additional Photos:

1879 S VAM 6 Photo 1.jpg
The 9 in the date is clearly the open type of 9.
1879 S VAM 6 Photo 2.jpg
There are diagonal polishing lines on the upper lip.
1879 S VAM 6 Photo 3.jpg
There is a completely broken r in Trust, making it TIUST.
1879 S VAM 6 Photo 4.jpg
There is an engraved feather between the right leg and the wing which has been polished down to the field.
1879 S VAM 6 Photo 5.jpg
The mint mark tilts slightly to the left. The tail feathers are polished down to the field and there are no polishing lines in the bow.
1879 S VAM 6 Photo 6ROTATEMM.jpg
2 copyrighted© images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of oldcollectorcoins from a coin of Brian Raines

Full Coin Photos

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-6 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©'[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY 'Mike Faraone at PCGS

1879-S RonH Thru Tim Barry VAM-6 OBV DMPL COIN 04272014.jpg