1878-S lots going on

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Jed
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1878-S lots going on

Post by Jed » Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:31 pm

Hello VAM world:
I was hoping someone can guide me in attributing my 1878S coin. I am new to the VAM world and a bit lost. I notice that it has a Broken R in trust, open G in God, spiked eye, broken 4th star, and doubling in "E Pluribus". I would appreciate any insight and have full confidence in the knowledge this forum has to offer. I included some pics.
Thank you!!!
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Vam-mysterio
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Re: 1878-S lots going on

Post by Vam-mysterio » Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:53 pm

Can you post a full shot of obverse

Jed
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Re: 1878-S lots going on

Post by Jed » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:11 pm

Yes, thank you for looking at it.
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Re: 1878-S lots going on

Post by Vam-mysterio » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:36 pm

Hi
2 questions
1) is there doubled on liberty?
2)can you try to remove that dirt from the eye
By poking it with a toothpick
I want to make sure those are spikes to the die
And not just dirt

Jed
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Re: 1878-S lots going on

Post by Jed » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:57 pm

I don't see doubling on liberty, as for the eye I will attach a better pick and I did attempt to remove any dirt.
Thanks
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Vam-mysterio
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Re: 1878-S lots going on

Post by Vam-mysterio » Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:10 pm

Jed
If you go to the vams by date page
Hit 1878 s
Then hit
1878 s b2 varieties
It should take you to another page
Were the 78 s are classified by broken r
And unbroken r ,star etc
Your coin should be in the vam 5 to vam 113 range
Hope that helps
It narrowed it down to only 43 vams
Hope that helps

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Re: 1878-S lots going on

Post by Vam-mysterio » Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:12 pm

I mean vam 2 to vam 113 range

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Re: 1878-S lots going on

Post by Jed » Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:19 pm

Thank for taking the time to help. I will look at it and update you on my findings.
Thanks again!!!

tbconcrete
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Re: 1878-S lots going on

Post by tbconcrete » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:13 am

Shared Obverse with V46. Worm eye !!

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Re: 1878-S lots going on

Post by messydesk » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:00 pm

The engraving under the eagle's right (viewer's left) wing is a main pick-up point for most 1878-S VAMs. This area was retouched by hand on many dies, and therefore has a unique appearance on each retouched die.
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Re: 1878-S lots going on

Post by Vam-mysterio » Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:49 pm

It does look like a vam 46

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Re: 1878-S lots going on

Post by tbconcrete » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:30 pm

VAM 46 and 52 share the Worm Eye. Not the 46 reverse though.

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