1878-S VAM-17A

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1878-S VAM-17A Doubled D, Denticle Impressions

Discovered by John Roberts, December 2001. Revised August 2009 by VAMfinder
This coin is a Hit List 40 and a Super CD, This is a Top 30 1878-S Die Variety.
17A(revised) II 13 • B2d (Doubled D, Denticle Impressions) (184) I-5 R-6
Obverse II 13– 7 has raised slanted dash at very bottom. Shallow raised dots at left inside of lower loop of both 8's. Point of fourth right star completely missing. Late die state with most denticle impressions polished and worn away.
Reverse B2d– Slightly raised denticle impressions thru OLL in DOLLAR, below OL and four slanted impressions below left tail feathers.
Late die state with denticle impressions at UN & STAT weak from die wear.

1. The most clashed denticles discovered on any Morgan (until the related VAM-17B and VAM-17C were discovered in late 2009 when this VAM's description was updated and it's Interest Rating raised to I-5 from I-4).
2. This is member of the "Super CD" list of the most desirable clashed dies and a Hit List 40 VAM.
3. Here is the VAM-17 Obverse Die Progression as we have it on the pages..does not JIVE with LVA assertion.

1. VAM 17A Help]

LVA Plate Photos:

1878-S VAM-17A Missing Star Point.jpg1878-S VAM-17A Over Polished Hair.jpg
1878-S VAM-17A Lengthened Denticle SpacesR.jpg
Do not use the below Plates for Attribution
This is an older plate photo that is no longer accurate: coin pictured is likely
VAM-17B or VAM-17C.
1878-S VAM-17A Denticle Impressions OLL1.jpg
1878-S VAM-17A Denticle Impressions OLL.jpg
1878-S VAM-17A Denticle Impressions TF.jpg
1878-S VAM-17A Lengthened Denticle SpacesBU.jpg

Additional Photos:

Denticle clashes below arrow feathers.
1878s v17a a.jpg
More clashes below OLL of DOLLAR - Notice there are not as many clashes as the VAM-17B or VAM-17C, which are early die states of the VAM-17A.
1878s v17a h.jpg
Over polished obverse has a lack of details in the hair (specimen pictured below appears to be VAM-17 rather VAM-17A).
1878s v17a f.jpg
Over polished reverse has weak areas in the wings.
1878s v17a e.jpg
Mark useful for die identification in the bow
1878s v17a d.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-17A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]