1878S VAM-31.....??????

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1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by Prider358 » Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:26 pm

Hi everyone, think I've attributed coin correctly but certainly need confirmation by others please. Not finding the 78'S's easy to VAM. :lol:
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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by Prider358 » Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:26 pm

And..
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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by Prider358 » Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:27 pm

And..
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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by Prider358 » Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:28 pm

And...
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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by tbconcrete » Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:40 pm

29 and 31 share the same obverse die. The gouge in the U can be seen from space.
MM location, mintmark location, and mint mark location.

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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by Prider358 » Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:46 pm

tbconcrete, are we saying VAM-31 ?

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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by Prider358 » Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:51 pm

VAM-29 shows rusted die on Rev 'UNITED', VAM-31 does'nt.

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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by tbconcrete » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:18 pm

I was trying to get you to determine that for yourself. Same Obv. different Rev

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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by ljs123 » Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:19 am

Steve,
Thanks for this post. I have two 78-Ss in as box to attribute at a later date. Your post made me realize that one of them is a VAM-31.

I took to heart the tip that you received from Tim "MM location, mintmark location, and mint mark location."
The mm location is a true giveaway. 29 & 31 have very different mm locations.
I'm sure that you can tell Tim that you know what VAM you have.

Thanks for your help Steve & Tim.

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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by Flat-Chested » Mon Feb 01, 2021 5:22 am

The 4th right star is broken, why would you want it?

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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by Prider358 » Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:01 am

Thanks Tim and Lee for your feedback. Thank you Tim for assisting me to determine by mint mark location the correct VAM.
'31' it is.

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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by Prider358 » Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:03 am

Hi Flat-Chested, most 78S's have fourth right star broken and 'R' in Trust.

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Re: 1878S VAM-31.....??????

Post by tbconcrete » Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:24 pm

Your welcome. I used to have most of them memorized. What this date mint really breaks down into is engraved wing feather or un-engraved wing feathers. On the engraved coins it further breaks down to the broken or not R in TRUST. Un-engraved wing feathers is where the fun begins. Craig and Leroy's Guide is the best tool(battle implement) ever devised :roll: . lol

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