1878-P VAM-44 7/8 Tailfeather Tripled Blossoms
Discovered by Guy Messing, January 1974. Obverse discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM as well as a 2011 John Roberts 11.
44 II/I 37 B/Ad (3 TF) (179) I-5 R-7
Obverse II/I 37 - LIBERTY doubled slighty with BER showing faint shadows on right side. First star on right and number seven on left doubled. Cotton blossoms and leaves tripled on right side.
1. An amazing variety that, based on recent sales figures, is becoming a "must-have" for all serious Morgan dollar collections. The problem? Only about 70 are known and the demand is for far more than that! 1878 VAM-44 has a doubled die obverse and a double die reverse. It is considered the “King of VAMs” by many collectors. The VAM-44 obverse has one of the most clearly defined Tripled Dies in the Morgan Dollar series. The leaves and cotton bolls are dramatically tripled. The reverse has a 7/8 tailfeather reverse, the long nock on the arrow shaft can be seen along with “weak” tailfeather tips showing, 3 to 5 depending on the strike and how hard you look. There is more dramatic doubling of both of the eagle’s legs. This variety is tremendously sought after by collectors and XF to low-end AU specimens can command several thousand dollars. The reverse of this coin is shared with VAM-33 (a very common coin) so whenever you see the doubled eagle’s legs on the reverse be sure to check the obverse leaves and cotton bolls for doubling that marks the VAM-44. The late die stage is clashed and these images can be viewed under VAM-44A.
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PCGS does not attribute 44A
- 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]