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1879-S VAM-107

1879-S VAM-107 Hair Ribbon, Engraved Wreath Leaves

1B Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, September 1981. Reassigned & Revised as 1B1 2016. Reassigned/Revised as VAM-107 Sep 2018, Chris Simpson.
(Revised) III2 56 ∙ C3aq (Hair Ribbon, Engraved Wreath Leaves) I-5 R-5
Obverse III2 56 – Slightly doubled date with 1 at lower edge of upper crossbar, 8 at lower left outside of upper loop, 7 at crossbar lower edge and bottom edge of vertical shaft and 9 at left outside of both loops. Wide striated and segmented die gouge 0.437" long starting at rear of Liberty head neck as very wide and high raised striated gouge of 0.045" by 0.045" and continuing to right in hair gap above 9 as wide striated gouge, hair gap above first right star as wide raised bump with faint horizontal lines, and some lines to the left, and then to hair above third right star as several lines. Longest and widest associated series of segmented die gouges known for the Morgan dollar obverse and reverse. (Revised)At a later die state, die crack develops to right of 9 up to hair. (Formerly VAM1B1)
Reverse C3aq – Slightly faint engraving on two wreath outer leaves opposite ON and two inner leaves opposite UN in left wreath to strengthen over polished leaf portions. Different die than for VAM 106 and used with later obverse die state.
Die Marker - Single horizontal die polishing line at top inside of wreath bow over to right on top of bow and outside. (Formerly VAM1B1)


  1. Full-coin photos below by OCC shows a coin with a variant mm position that did not receive a separate listing. Within normal tolerance range. Large image closeup of the mm from that coin also below in image labeled "79-s v1b image z."

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VAM-1B Images ©Heritage Auctions, used with permission. Attributed by John Roberts at ANACS  

images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of oldcollectorcoins attributed by Leroy Van Allen

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