1879-S VAM-9 PAF, Doubled 9, Engraved Wing Feather From 1878 S, 9 Upper TF
Discovered by Leonard Hinckley, February 1974. Revised 2010, 2017
This is a Reverse of '78 (PAF) coin and a Top 100 VAM variety.
9 (revised) III2 5 · B2e (PAF, Doubled 9, Engraved Wing Feather From 1878 S, 9 Upper TF) (184) I-5 R-4
Obverse III2 5 – Closed 9 in date doubled on left outside of lower loop. Die markers- Diagonal polishing line at 2nd lower right hair junction, pitting in LIBERTY. Light pitting on Liberty head on later die states. Slightly later die state has addition slight die polishing lines added.
Reverse B2e – Partial broken r in Trust. Feather engraved between eagle’s right wing and leg.
Die marker- Short horizontal polishing line at top left of engraved feather area of eagle’s right wing. Two small vertical tail feathers engraved at very left side of upper tail feathers that engraver mistakenly added to normally blank area to create 9 upper tail feathers. Normal upper tail feathers next to two added ones slightly strengthened on right side as added ridge. Middle over polished outer feathers of eagle's left wing have been strengthened by engraving. Same die as for 1879 S VAM 77 and for 1878 S VAMs 45/68. Slightly later die states has additional light die polishing lines added and light die cracks starting at ITED.
1. This obverse die was used on VAM-9, VAM-32, and VAM-35.
2. VAM-9, VAM-35, VAM-39, VAM-42 all have a partially broken serif in the R of TRUST. The top portion is missing, but almost all of the shape is visible.
3. Same Reverse die as for VAM-9, 1879-S VAM-77, 1879-S VAM-77A
4. Same Die for 1879-S VAM-77 , 1878-S VAM-45 / 1878-S VAM-68.
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2 Sets of Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-9 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS
1st set of VAM-9 is from the famous [Jack Lee ]Collection. View this coin's [history].
- The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys Copyright 2009 RCI. With permission from the authors Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., [http://www.rcicoins.com], and Jeff Oxman, [http://www.vamlink.com]