1878-S VAM-46

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1878-S VAM-46 Engraved Wing Feather, Worm-Eye Die Scratch

Discovered by Martin Field, October 1980.
46(revised) II 1 · B2i (Engraved Wing Feather, Worm-Eye Die Scratch) (184) I-2 R-5
Obverse II 1– Thin worm-like die scratch behind eye and couple small die chips on cheek in front of ear. Small die gouge on top of the front of eyelid. Same die as VAM-52.
Reverse B2i– Feather engraved between eagle’s right wing and leg. R in Trust broken.

Emission Sequence
Obverse: 46, 46A, 52


  1. The reverse shares the same die as VAM-5 and VAM-7 which have the R in TRUST broken and a uniquely engraved wing feather where it attaches to the body.
  2. Obverse is Same die as VAM-52.


LVA Plate Photos

1878 S VAM 46 Die Gouge Eye.jpg 1878-S VAM-46 Eng Wing Feather.jpg

Additional Photos

Broken R of TRUST
1878s vam50 rev1.jpg
Engraved wing feather
1878s vam50 rev2.jpg
Break just starting to form so these 2 coins would still be VAM-46 NOT VAM -46A

Full Coin Photos

Full Coin VAM 46 Images © Stack's Bowers SB 18 logo.png, used with permission. Attributed by ANACS ANACS LOGO3.jpg