1879-S Rev 78 VAM-34B PAF, Engraved Wing Feather
Discovered by Brian Raines, September 2003.
This is a Reverse of '78 (PAF) coin and a Top 100* VAM variety.
34B III2 2e · B2g (PAF, Engraved Wing Feather) ( ? ) I-4 R-7
Obverse III2 2e – Die markers– Diagonal line from left side of lower cotton leaf, diagonal polishing line between cotton boll stems and die chip dot on Phrygian cap fold.
Reverse B2g – Later die state than VAM-34 with the additional polishing line in eagle’s right wing.
1. This obverse die was used on VAM-16A, VAM-34B , VAM-57, VAM-77, VAM-77A, and VAM-83. An earlier stage of this exact die is used for VAMs 77 and 77A.
2. Only recently discovered in 2003, with just 6 known circulated specimens, the finest being low AU. A few folks out there are putting together complete VAM sets, but this coin and the VAM-56 are making completing an 1879-S Rev 78 set quite a challenge. David Wang is the pioneer on these VAMs and publishes regular population and value data.
3. VAM-34 is considered quite scare in its own right, with VAMs 34A and 34B each harder to locate. There are several types of broken 'rs on 1878 reverses and it's easy to confuse them. VAM-34 has the broken 'r' in "trust" with the top of the 'r' completely missing.