Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Described 2009
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
This coin is a Top 30 1878 Variety
100-1 I1 10 B2a (Doubled Obverse Motto) (180) I-5 R-4
Obverse I1 10 - Doubled top of E PURIBUS UNUM and 1-4 & 6 left stars and all right stars toward rim. Eylid slightly doubled below front. Date slightly doubled with 1 doubled below crossbar, first 8 at top inside and left outside of upper loop, 7 at top right and below crossbar and second 8 at lowe left outside of upper loop.
Reverse B2a- Later type B2 reverse with shorter center arrow shaft of nock. Die 1 - Die markers - Diagonal die scratch in top opening of A in DOLLAR, small semi-circular die impression line on outside of tenth outer feather from eagle's right wing and a few light horizontal polishing lines inside wreath bow. Die later used for VAM-114-1.
1. In VAMVIEW 14 John Roberts reported the existence of two different Reverse Types for the VAM 100, A and B. 1878 VAM-100 Type 1 Obverse. This variety has the parallel arrow feather, short nock B2 reverse combined with the type 1 obverse which has an incuse M. Incuse M means the designer, George T. Morgan, placed his initial M on the obverse neck of Liberty and for type 1, it is etched down into the design. For type 2 coins, the M raises up out of the neck. It is subtle and hard to see. Additional pick-up points for this coin include obverse doubling, pictured here on the R and I of PLURIBUS and small die chips around US of TRUST.
LVA Plate Photos:
Two lines in cap fold.
In VAMVIEW 14 John Roberts reported the existence of two different Reverse Types for the VAM 100, A and B.
Reverse A is VAM-100-2
The key diagnostic for the A reverse is no line inside the top opening of the A in Dollar.
There is also a crack pattern thru OF to the Wing Tip, and AM of America
Reverse B is VAM-100-1
Three horizontal lines from right side of bow opening.
Diagonal line inside the top opening of the A in DOLLAR.
Full Coin Photos
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- 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]