1878-S VAM-19A Cap Band Gouge, Over Polished Reverse
Discovered by Calvin Cherry, July 2002.
This coin is a Hit List 40 and a WOW! Morgan VAM and a Top 30 1878 S Variety
19A II 14 · B2w (Doubled Motto, Die Gouge Cap, Engraved Wing Feather) (181) I-3 R-6
Reverse B2w– Arm of R completely missing in TRUST with open G in God. Die extremely over polished with letters of UNITED STATES very shallow and a number of leaves disconnected in wreath. Small dots of metal all over eagle.
1. This is the LDS of the 1878-S VAM-19. Thick broad horizontal die gouge across wheat leaves, top cotton leaf and Phrygian cap. Largest known observe die gouge in the Morgan Dollar series. Doubled nostril and lips. In later die state, VAM-19 reverse is extremely over polished after dies clashed. A number of leaves are disconnected in wreath. Detail is missing in overpolished eagle's left wing. Wing bar like die gouge below n from prior clash. An interesting VAMworld discussion on this die is [here].
2. *Per Leroy 8-3-2013, the crack through the obv E is not listable until there is field displacement.
3. The Reverse Die B2w was used for VAMs 35, 93, 19 (A,B) and 74 (A) I believe in that progression ~tbconcrete
From that discussion an article appeared in April 16th, 2012 edition of The View entitled "PUPs for the 1878-S VAMs 19 and 19A". Here is the conclusion of this article written by Logan McKechnie of [VAMs and More].
1. The extent of the break on the r in Trust, with the 19A looking more like Tiust. The 19 is characterized by a complete bottom edge of the r crossbar.
2. The traces of the break in the top of the G in God are polished away in the VAM-19A, leaving a fully open G as has been previously noted in the description from Leroy Van Allen.
3. Participants in this study included coins from John Coxe with notes taken by John Roberts and both gentlemen determined the pitting on the reverse should not be used to try and divide the two coins.
LVA Plate Photos:
Every once in a while, a coin with a [Pedigree]comes along, that has to be included on these pages. The following coin is certainly worthy.
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-19A Images, both the Hi-Resolution and regular resolution, of a PCGS MS-67 on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]
Hi-Resolution "Plate" photos:
Census as of 3/2011