1879-S VAM-52

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1879-S VAM-52 PAF, Doubled 7, Engraved Wing Feather

Discovered by Calvin Cherry, February 2001.
This is a Reverse of '78 (PAF) coin and a Top 100* VAM variety.
52 III2 6 · B2i (PAF, Doubled 7, Engraved Wing Feather) (184) I-4 R-5
Obverse III2 6 – Closed 9. 7 doubled at bottom of upper crossbar.
Die marker- Die chip between T and Y in LIBERTY, die polishing line at bottom hair junction above right side of 7. No die flake at top outside of 9. Earliest die state.
Reverse B2i – R in trust not broken. Feather engraved between eagle’s right wing and leg.
Die marker- Diagonal polishing line in middle of eagle’s left wing. Earliest die state.
Note:
1. In 1879 the San Francisco mint created Morgan dollars with two different reverses. Most coins were produced with a new reverse design that had a slanted arrow feather where the feathers angled toward the shaft. A smaller number were created with the older reverse die used from 1878 that has parallel arrow feathers sometimes abbreviated as PAF. These coins are also sometimes abbreviated 79-S Reverse of 78 or even 79S Rev 78.
2. With two new discoveries in 2007, there are now nineteen different VAMs assigned for the 1878-9-S with the Reverse of 78. VAMs 4, 6, 9, 23, 25, 34, 34A, 34B, 35, 39, 42, 43, 46, 50, 51, 52, 56, 66, and 67. Assembling a full set is quite difficult, in fact it has not yet been done. David Wang authored an entire book on 1879-S Reverse of 78 coins. Details about the book can be seen here:[http://www.rcicoins.com/shop3.asp?product_id=1187]

Comments:
1. This obverse die was used on VAM-25, VAM-42, VAM-46, and VAM-52.
2. This reverse die was used on VAM-43, VAM-50, VAM-51, VAM-52, and VAM-67.
3. VAM-4, VAM-23, VAM-25, VAM-43, VAM-50, VAM-51, VAM-52, VAM-56, VAM-66 and [VAM-67] all have an unbroken R in TRUST.

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1879s v52 obv.jpg

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Full Coin Photos

Large Full coin Photo #1 of © VAM-52 Courtesy of Todd Pollock of Blueccphotos.com

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