1879-S VAM-57

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1879-S VAM-57 Open 9, Over Polished Wreath Bow

Discovered by Brian Raines, June 2004.
57 III 22e · C3p (Open 9, Over Polished Wreath Bow) (184) I-3 R-5
Obverse III 22e – Same obverse die as VAM-34B. Die markers– Diagonal line from left side of lower cotton leaf, diagonal polishing line between cotton boll stems and die chip dot on Phrygian cap fold(only seen on vam 34b discovery piece, probably pmd.).
Reverse C3p – Severely over polished lower reverse with parts of wreath bow missing and some disconnected leaves in lower wreath.
Comments: This obverse die was used on VAM-34B and VAM-57.
This reverse die was used on VAM-74.
There were "thickness" issues reported by the Director of the San Francisco Mint in early 1879. To solve this, the Mint apparently planed down the reverse of several dies. Therefore this VAM and VAM-62 may be one of the first reverse dies used in the production of 1879-S coins.
LVA Plate Photo:
1879-S VAM-57 Over Polished Bow.jpg

Additional Photos

2 copyrighted© images below on loan to VAMworld courtesy of oldcollectorcoins from a coin of Brian Raines
anacs au details, net ef45 discovery piece