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1878-P VAM-9

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1878 VAM-9 First Morgan Die.
=1878 VAM-9 First Morgan Die.=
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, October 1966.<br />
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This coin is a [[Top 100 Morgan VAMs|Top 100]] and a [[WOW! VAMs|WOW!]] Morgan VAM.<br />
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'''9 I12 A1h (Doubled Reverse) (193) I-2 R-7'''<br />
'''Obverse I12''' Doubled E PLUR and U-M of the motto at the top of the bottom serifs. First four stars on left and all of the stars on right slightly doubled on outside. First 8 doubled at top inside of upper loop. 7 in date doubled slightly on right side. '''First obverse die used'''.<br />
'''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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'''Comments:'''<br />
'''1-''' # 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.<br /> Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States.<br /> 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 /># The obverse was also used on [[1878-P VAM-14|VAM 14]] and [[1878-P VAM-14.15|VAM 14.15]]# VAM 9A was not discovered until 2005 and may be included in VAM 9 populations.<br />
== LVA Plate Photos ==
== Additional Photos ==
[[image:=== Main Pick-ups ===<gallery mode=packed widths=400px heights=300px>VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-62_Presentaion_Coin_Wing_Feathers.jpg]]<br />[[image:1878_v9_rev_a.jpg |400px]][[image:CFE_03-02-2011_1878-P_V9_KIDNEY-BEAN-FEATHER1878_v9_obv.jpg |400px]]<br /><br /gallery>On the obverse, there are unique die polish lines in the [[Cotton Boll|cotton bolls]] as well as a line in the Phrygian cap band that can sometimes be seen even on very worn specimens.<br />=== Secondary Pick-ups ===<br /gallery mode=packed>[[image:1878_v9_obv1878_v9_rev_a.jpg]]<br /><br />Here are some uncirculated prooflike images for the page. The obverse die was the same one that later was used to strike VAMCFE_03-02-2011_1878-P_V9_KIDNEY-14 and VAMBEAN-14FEATHER.15.<br /><br />jpg[[image:1878-P-9-eye.jpg |400px]][[image:1878-P-9-ear.jpg |400px]]<br />[[image:1878-P-9-wings.jpg |400px]][[image:1878-P-9-bow.jpg |400px]]<br /><br />'''The Clash Version of this coin is located at:''' [[1878-P VAM-9A]].<br /gallery><br />
== Full Coin Photos ==
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-9 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[[ Heritage Auctions], used with permission<br />
'''EX: Leroy Van Allen Collection'''<br />
[[ View Heitage's Desription for the MS 62 DMPL]]<br />[[ View Heitage's Desription for the MS 64 DMPL]]<br />
The ANACS 62 DMPL Presentation Piece<br />
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VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-62_Presentaion_Coin.jpg|Leroy Van Allen specimen ANACS MS62 DMPLVAN_ALLEN_ANAS-62_Presentaion_Coin_Obv.jpg</gallery>The |Leroy Van Allen specimen ANACS 64 MS62 DMPL Presentation Piece<br /><gallery mode="slideshow">VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-62_Presentaion_Coin_Rev.jpgVAN_ALLEN_ANAS-64_Presentaion_Coin.jpg</gallery><gallery mode="slideshow">VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-64_Presentaion_Coin_Obv.jpgVAN_ALLEN_ANAS-64_Presentaion_Coin_Rev.jpg|Leroy Van Allen specimen ANACS MS62 DMPL
So what does a VAM-9 with a little wear look like? Here is a VAM-9 PCGS-30.<br />
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-9 Images© on loan to VAMworld [[ courtesy]]<br />
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TeletTradeLogo14VAN_ALLEN_ANAS-64_Presentaion_Coin.jpg|Leroy Van Allen specimen ANACS MS64 DMPL1878_RonH_VAMVAN_ALLEN_ANAS-9_OBV_PCGS64_Presentaion_Coin_Obv.jpg|Leroy Van Allen specimen ANACS MS64 DMPLVAN_ALLEN_ANAS-30_TT_0408201164_Presentaion_Coin_Rev.jpg|Leroy Van Allen specimen ANACS MS64 DMPL
<br />VAM-9A was not discovered until 2005 and may be included in VAM-9 totals.<br /><br />7/2016<br /><br />* Corrected population - ANACS 60PL crossed to NGC 60PL, but remains in the ANACS census.<br /><br />
*The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys Copyright 2009 RCI. With permission from the authors Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., [[]], and Jeff Oxman, [[]]<br />
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