1878-P VAM-221B Cut Down A, Doubled Left Reverse, Die Gouges Reverse
Discovered in May 2012 by Mark Witkower
II1 - C3b (Cut Down A, Doubled Left Reverse, Die Gouges Reverse) (?) I-4 R-6
Obverse II1 - Die chip on forehead front. Same die as VAM-221-1.
Reverse C3b - Numerous vertical die gouges and scratches at junction of lower part of eagle's neck and upper breast. Several long vertical die scratches on upper part of eagle's right wing and couple of gouges at bottom of wing extending into field. Several gouges in lower part of eagles left wing. Vertical gouge at top of upper tail feathers. Die likely retired early.
1. There is an Early Die State (EDS) of this coin, which is separately supported by the SSDC Registry as such, with bolder obverse features, strong scribbling in the wing and no evidence of it on the eagle's breast. The one specimen so far found (by John Coxe) is a prooflike and any others to come to light will more likely also be.
1. Follow the link to this thread and explore the first 3 stages of this variety. Stages
2. This link will show with clarity the 221B EDS: 221B EDS
3. Die Stage 4
LVA Plate Photos:
VAM 221B EDS – Polishing line by first left wreath leaf. Polishing lines can be found in the tail feathers and inside the bow.
VAM 221B EDS – Several clusters of gouges and polishing lines can be seen on the Eagle’s right wing. The “circled” gouges can be quite difficult to spot. It took quite awhile to get the lighting just right to adequately photograph them. I strongly suspect it would only take a little bit of dirt or wear and they would be easily camouflaged.
VAM 221B EDS – Polishing lines can be found at the junction of the Eagle’s right wing and body.
VAM 221B EDS – A different pattern of polishing lines can be observed by the Eagle’s left leg and adjacent feather.
VAM 221B EDS – A different stronger pattern of polishing lines can be seen on either side of the Eagle’s right leg.
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-221B Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS
EDS - PCGS MS61PL