1878-S VAM-27 Long Nock, Broken N and D
Discovered by Jeff Oxman, April 1995.
This coin is a Top 100 and a WOW! Morgan VAM and Top 30 1878 S Variety
27(revised) II 1 · B1b (Long Center Arrow Shaft) (185) I-5 R-7
Obverse II 1– Three faint spikes below eyelid front, short vertical line in eyelid top corner and short vertical line at top of eye socket above eyelid.
Reverse B1b– Small III S mint mark centered and upright. Die marker of medium-sized die chip above top arrow feather. No diagonal polishing lines on tail feathers next to eagle’s right leg. Denticle above second S in STATES broken.
LVA Plate Photos:
The D in DOLLAR is broken, which is useful for attributing even low grade specimens. Note the mint mark is centered horizontally and vertically (set normal).
The N in UNITED has a unique missing chunk that is also a good diagnostic.
There are unique eye clashes and mint mark positions for each VAM. VAM-27 is notable for the lack of any clashing coming out of the eyeball on most examples.
On a very high grade example, some clashing can be seen, but it will be absent on all but the most perfect specimens.
Several images in this page are of a rare prooflike, high grade example of this difficult VAM.
Undocumented, but a good confirmation feature for higher grade specimens, is the defect in the upper left (viewer's right) wing.
VAM-27 Images from the Bernard (Bernie) Linhart Collection on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY Mike Faraone at PCGS
Full Coin Photos
2 Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-27 images on loan to VAMworld courtesy of and ATTRIBUTED BY 'Lance Newman OCC'
PCGS & NGC lump 27 & 27A together