1878-S VAM-8A Engraved Wing Feather, Rusted Die Wings
Discovered by Michael Ash, March 2006.
This coin is a Top 30 1878-S Variety.
8A II 1 · B2k (Engraved Wing Feather, Rusted Die Wings) (184) I-4 R-5
Reverse B2k– Raised dots from rusted die on eagle’s wings with some splotches on eagle’s left wing.
1. There is a pronounce engraved patch in the upper center of the right wing. The wings have overpolished spots and noticeable die scratches. The entire reverse has dense die polish hairlines all over the fields.
2. Same obverse die as VAM 8 Die 1 and VAM 47 Die 1.
LVA Plate Photos:
The characteristic engraved feather.
The mint mark, within normal tolerances.
A chip is found by the bonnet fold. This obverse die is different than the VAM-8 obverse with the crack on the forehead.
A nice big chip on the E of UNITED. (Found on LDS 1878-S VAM8 Die #1 and on (all?) Die #2)
The 4th right star has the hub defect break. Check out the crumbs in the field.
The 2nd left star has a few minor chips on it, which likely eroded with die use and won't be noticeable on weak strikes or circulated pieces. Like the other stars, this one is tripled.
Area of interest boxed out below
Full Coin Photos
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