1880-S VAM-8 80/79 Ear, Doubled 18-0
Discovered by Ted Clark, December 1968.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
8(revised) III2 5 · C3a (80/79 Ear, Doubled 18-0) (186) I-4 R-4
Obverse III2 5 – 80 re-punched over 79. Second 8 has raised metal in upper loop with diagonal polishing lines and faint spike at top left outside. 0 has small raised metal at top right inside. 18-0 in date slightly doubled with 1 at bottom of lower crossbar, first 8 at bottom right of lower loop and 0 at lower left inside and outside.
Reverse C3a – Normal die with medium IV S mint mark. Couple doubled leaves in left wreath.
1. This obverse shared with VAM-8 and VAM-9.
LVA Plate Photos:
The VAM-8 and VAM-9 varieties share the same obverse die with metal remnants in the upper loop of the 2nd 8 of the date. Some view this as a diagonal marking of the 7 from an 1879 overdate. The two VAM's differ in that VAM-8 is a medium S mint mark while VAM-9 has a large S.
Pictured here is a medium S VAM-8 mint mark on the left.
Full Coin Photos
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