1878-S VAM-46A

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1878-S VAM-46A Engraved Wing Feather, Extra Wreath Berry Die Break

Discovered by Calvin Cherry, July 2002.
46A II 1 · B2i (Engraved Wing Feather, Extra Wreath Berry Die Break) (184) I-3 R-6
Obverse II 1 – Thin worm-like die scratch behind eye and two tiny die chips in hair bun.
Reverse B2i – Die break on left side of second berry cluster from top of left wreath to form extra looking berry or leaf.

Emission Sequence
Obverse: 46, 46A, 52


  1. vampicker, Jun 4, 2012: I'd say the distinction is a clear break and not just a crack. As has been pointed out, there's a fairly impressive progression on this marriage. I'd say that second large set of images on the VAM 46A page is about the least amount of breaking in the wreath that I'd still call a VAM-46A.
  2. The second large set of pictures is what John Roberts calls the start of the 46A. You can see a break in the leaves.
  3. LRosenbaum Break Progression


LVA Plate Photos

1878-S VAM-46A Break Wreath.jpg

Additional Photos

Rgd 78-S rt wreath.jpg
Late die state of the wreath break
Jae 1878s 46a.3.jpg
1878 S V46A-star-chip-LEWIS.JPG
Note the set left left and doubled D
Rgd 78-S MM.jpg

Courtesy of Ray Dean

4th right star Courtesy of Ray Dean

Full Coin Photos

2 Sets of Full Coin VAM 46A © Heritage Auctions, used with permission. Attributed by ANACS ANACS LOGO3.jpg