1878 VAM 131 proof dies

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vampicker
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1878 VAM 131 proof dies

Post by vampicker » Fri Dec 03, 2021 1:33 pm

I had this variety come up as a question in a submission yesterday. I noticed we have full coin shots for the proof only Die 2 pairing but no close up shots of its unique diagnostics.

There's a fairly bold but close spread under the eyelid

A diagonal line over some die chips inside the lower loop of the first 8

Several parallel lines in the upper left corner of the R and one short strong spur of a line in the base of the Y in LIBERTY

One strong diagonal line over chips in the wing-neck gap
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Re: 1878 VAM 131 proof dies

Post by vamnuke » Fri Dec 03, 2021 2:37 pm

Great photos!

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Re: 1878 VAM 131 proof dies

Post by Mike7E » Fri Dec 03, 2021 4:51 pm

Excellent photos, great clear detail. That's what is needed for most VAMs.

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Re: 1878 VAM 131 proof dies

Post by RogerB » Fri Dec 03, 2021 5:23 pm

The records I have show the following:
1878 Proof Standard Silver Dollars
March 12 -- 100
March 15 -- 100
March 18 -- 100
October 24 -- 16
November 8 -- 50

Total 366
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Re: 1878 VAM 131 proof dies

Post by vamnuke » Fri Dec 03, 2021 5:57 pm

I wonder why the time lag of several months then only minting 16?

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Re: 1878 VAM 131 proof dies

Post by RogerB » Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:46 pm

Difficult to guess.... The President and other VIPs got patterns of the original design in 1877 and were likely satisfied with those. The March proofs would have been 8-TF; December would be from the revised 7-TF reverse with updated obverse.

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