1878-S VAM-18

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1878-S VAM-18 "Spaghetti Wings" Die Gouges in Wings.

Discovered by Bill Fivaz, July 1976. Revised 2014
This coin is a WOW! and a Top 30 1878-S Morgan VAM Variety
18 (revised) II1 - B2e (Extra Engraved Wing Feathers, Break Right Star) (184) I-4 R-5
Obverse II1 - Point of fourth right star only partially broken. Diagonal die clash line extending to left from eyelid tip. (Also VAMs 59 & 72.) Radial die crack at left side of first right star with displaced field break on initial use with B2 reverse and progressing with die use.
Reverse B2e - Fine engraving lines in middle of both eagle's wings where die was over polished due to incorrect basining. R in TRUST not broken.

1. Extraordinary die gouges within the Eagles' left and right wings from improper basining. Popular, and quite difficult to find.
The VAM-18 is very rare in Mint State with only 3 specimens in MS attributed by ANACS as of early 2010.
2. Close examination of the obverse reveals it is the same die as used for VAMs 72 and 59. It appears to be slightly later in the progression than VAM 59 as the obverse clashing is somewhat more polished away.

1. VAM 18
2. Differences between EDS and LDS coins EDS/LDS
3. 78-S VAM-18 vs 78-S VAM-18A
4. Revision of 18 vs. 18A Revision

LVA Plate Photos:

Additional Photos:

1878-S VAM-18 Reverse with Nock.jpg

  1. 1 Eagle's Left Wing Feathers ...............................................................................#2 Eagle's Right Wing Feathers

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Point of fourth right star only partially broken
NM 1878-S VAM-18 Partial-broken-4th-star.jpg

Die clash line eye

1878-S VAM-18 Nock Closeup.jpg
Coin photo courtesy of Jim Hart

Full Coin Photos

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-18 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY Mr. 78-S Tim Barry

1878-S RonH VAM-18 OBV SLAB 07252013-horz.jpg