1879-S VAM-51

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1879-S VAM-51 PAF, Tripled Stars, Doubled 9 & Motto, Engraved Wing Feather

Discovered by Calvin Cherry, February 2001.
This is a Reverse of '78 (PAF) coin and a Top 100* VAM variety.
51 III2 26 · B2i (PAF, Tripled Stars, Doubled 9 & Motto, Engraved Wing Feather) (184) I-4 R-7
Obverse III2 26 – Closed 9 and slightly doubled at right inside of both loops and left outside of lower loop. All right stars tripled and all left stars doubled to tripled towards rim. Tops of E PLURIBUS UNUM and top of Phrygian cap doubled towards rim. Die markers- Tripled 1 to 3 right stars, doubled top of Phrygian cap.
Reverse B2i – Latest die state. Feather engraved between eagle’s right wing and leg. Die marker- Diagonal polishing line in middle of eagle’s left wing.

Comments:
1. This reverse die was used on VAM-43, VAM-50, VAM-51, VAM-52, and VAM-67.
2. VAM-4, VAM-23, VAM-25, VAM-43, VAM-50, VAM-51, VAM-52, and VAM-56 all have an unbroken R in TRUST.
3. This obverse shared with vam 68.

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Additional Photos:

The nine in the date is doubled on the inside of the upper loop, doubled on the inside and outside of the lower loop as well.
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The top of the Phrygian cap is also doubled.
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All stars are doubled or tripled toward the rim.
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There are numerous die gouges in the left wing.
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There is an engraved feather between the eagle's right leg and wing and there is a die gouge in the Eagle's right wing.
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One of the best pick up points is the die crack above the mint mark that extends into the wreath.
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Full Coin Photos

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