1878-S VAM-62 Long Nock Long Center Arrow Feather, S Set Far Left
Discovered by Michael Fey, December 1999.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM. This coin is a Top 30 1878-S Variety.
62 II 24 · B1g (Long Center Arrow Feather, S Set Far Left) (185) I-5 R-7
Reverse B1g– Small III S mint mark set far to left and slightly high. Die marker of large raised metal area at junction of olive branch and top arrow feather.
1. Other Long Nocks include VAM-26, VAM-27, VAM-56, VAM-57, VAM-58, VAM-59, VAM-60, and VAM-72.
2. Obverse II 24 also used with VAMs 56 and 62.
3. 1878-S Long Nock Reverse. A small quantity of 1878 coin minted in San Francisco used a B1 reverse die. This B1 reverse can be detected by looking for a long center nock on the arrow shaft (see red arrow). These dies appear to have been used for the first coins that left the mint and any 1878-S coin with a B1 reverse is a rarity. Most of these coins are well circulated with even XF coins being exceedingly rare.
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VAM-62 can be attributed with the long nock and the small gouge above the tailfeather leading into the bottom of the olive branch.
There are nine known varieties of the long nocks. The keys to identifying them are die clashes and gouges in Liberty's eye as well as mint mark position. Differentiating them can be difficult, especially on well worn specimens. VAM-62 shares the same obverse die as VAM-56.
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