1879-S VAM-35 PAF, Doubled 9, Engraved Wing Feather
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1979, Revised 2019.
This is a Reverse of '78 (PAF) coin and a Top 100* VAM variety.
35 III2 5 · B2g (PAF, Doubled 9, Engraved Wing Feather) (183) I-4 R-4
Obverse III2 5 – Closed 9 in date with doubled left outside of lower loop. Same die as VAM-9 but later die state. Die Marker- Slightly diagonal single die polishing line in lower right hair vee. Pitting in LIBERTY. Single diagonal die polishing line lower part of T & TY i LIBERTY.
Reverse B2g – Earliest die state without diagonal polishing line in eagle’s right wing. Full upper and lower tail feathers. Mostly horizontal die polishing lines in and around wreath bow. Horizontal bar of r in Trust weak but has raised bar at bottom and complete line at top edge.
1. Later reverse B2g die state with additional thin diagonal polishing line in lower part of eagle’s right wing is VAM-34. VAM-34A is an even later die state.
2. VAM-35, VAM-39 have same reverse
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2 full coin copyrighted© VAM-35 images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of PAFs uploaded by oldcollectorcoins attributed by PAFs
- The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys Copyright 2009 RCI. With permission from the authors Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., [http://www.rcicoins.com], and Jeff Oxman, [http://www.vamlink.com]