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1878-P VAM-9

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1878 VAM-9 First Morgan Die.
'''Reverse A1h''' - All of legend and motto doubled. Left wreath and olive leaves slightly doubled. Three small feathers added on eagle's right and two one eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing. '''First reverse used'''.<br />
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# The 1878 VAM-9 Morgan Silver Dollar is the very first set of dies used to strike Morgan dollars! The 1878 VAM-9 is an [[8 Tailfeather Morgan|8 tailfeather coin]] with the A1h reverse. Detective work has revealed they began striking the new Morgan coins at 3:17 PM on March 11, 1878. The combination of the die and the time is known because a reporter was present at the event and the first coins struck were presentation pieces for President Rutherford B. Hayes. Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States. His specific coin has been preserved and studied for die features and subsequently identified as a VAM-9. According to a reporter present, "only 303 pieces were struck" when the die failed and new ones had to be used. The reporter's accounting of the mintage for this die pair is generally not considered credible, since observations Observations of current collectors indicate that while VAM 9 is indeed scarce, far more than 303 were made. The reverse die is identifiable because of the "comma" feather on the lower right side as looking at the eagle. Some VAMmers describe this feather as kidney-bean shaped and it is a key identifier of a VAM-9.<br />
# The more common A1k reverse (VAMs [[1878-P VAM-14.1|VAM 14.1]] and [[1878-P VAM-14.10|VAM 14.10]]) reverse is frequently mistaken for the VAM 9's A1h reverse.
# The clashed version of this coin is [[1878-P VAM-9A|VAM 9A]].<br />

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