1878-S VAM-36 "Dragon Scales" Engraved Wing Feather
Discovered by David DeRuiter, November 1979. Coin courtesy of Jim Hart. Revised 2012.
This coin is a Top 30 1878-S Variety and a WOW! Morgan VAM.
36 (revised) II1-B2x (Engraved Wing Feather) (184) I-5 R-5
Obverse II1 -
Die 1 - Two raised dots inside ear. Fourth right star broken. Slight doubling of lower serif of B in PLURIBUS and front of|Liberty band.
Die 3 - Fourth right star broken. Doubled B lower loop on right inside and bottom. P has bulge at top right outside. Long polishing line at jaw-neck junction.
Reverse B2x - Feather engraved between eagle's right wing and leg. Portions of feathers acid treated with raised areas in center of both wings, next to body on eagle's left wing and on upper tail feathers. R in TRUST broken. Most extensive touch-up engraving of any Morgan Dollar working die.
1- D3 LVA thinks that this reverse was first used to strike the V113 . Making it the first use of the B2x Reverse Die. Die 3 was thought to be the first use before the V113 was discovered. His note :
"I suspect this is really a trial Obv & this die combo must be very rare. '78-S varieties have been extensively studied and this Obv die
had not been reported. Rev die is earlier die state than with VAM-36 Die 1 Obv. Likely this die combo was first one used with B2x Rev
since both are very EDS with PL surfaces. Will be interesting to see if other examples of this die combo can be found." --- LVA
1- They are 2 known Die Pairs that make up the VAM-36 listing Die #1 and Die #3
VAM-36.1 Photo Gallery Ear Lumps,
Die #1- Note: The VAM 36 Die #1 Without Radial Die Break represents the original die pair reported.
VAM-36.3 Photo Gallery or V36.3 High-Res Clear Ear
Die #3- Note: This marriage is the first/initial pairing for the VAM 36 reverses. See note 1 in LVA comments.
2- The 1878-S VAM-36B is the Late Die State of Die #1 with an obverse radial die break.
3- the Progression can be seen here 78 S V36 series Progression
LVA Plates Photos:
Full Coin Photos
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-36 Die #1 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACS