1879-S VAM-52 PAF, Doubled 7, Engraved Wing Feather
Discovered by Calvin Cherry, February 2001.
This is a Reverse of '78 (PAF) coin and a Top 100* VAM variety.
52 III2 6 · B2i (PAF, Doubled 7, Engraved Wing Feather) (184) I-4 R-5
Obverse III2 6 – Closed 9. 7 doubled at bottom of upper crossbar.
Die marker- Die chip between T and Y in LIBERTY, die polishing line at bottom hair junction above right side of 7. No die flake at top outside of 9. Earliest die state.
Reverse B2i – R in trust not broken. Feather engraved between eagle’s right wing and leg.
Die marker- Diagonal polishing line in middle of eagle’s left wing. Earliest die state.
1. In 1879 the San Francisco mint created Morgan dollars with two different reverses. Most coins were produced with a new reverse design that had a slanted arrow feather where the feathers angled toward the shaft. A smaller number were created with the older reverse die used from 1878 that has parallel arrow feathers sometimes abbreviated as PAF. These coins are also sometimes abbreviated 79-S Reverse of 78 or even 79S Rev 78.
2. With two new discoveries in 2007, there are now nineteen different VAMs assigned for the 1878-9-S with the Reverse of 78. VAMs 4, 6, 9, 23, 25, 34, 34A, 34B, 35, 39, 42, 43, 46, 50, 51, 52, 56, 66, and 67. Assembling a full set is quite difficult, in fact it has not yet been done. David Wang authored an entire book on 1879-S Reverse of 78 coins. Details about the book can be seen here:[http://www.rcicoins.com/shop3.asp?product_id=1187]
1. This obverse die was used on VAM-25, VAM-42, VAM-46, and VAM-52.
2. This reverse die was used on VAM-43, VAM-50, VAM-51, VAM-52, and VAM-67.
3. VAM-4, VAM-23, VAM-25, VAM-43, VAM-50, VAM-51, VAM-52, VAM-56, VAM-66 and [VAM-67] all have an unbroken R in TRUST.