The following news release was provided to Coin World by
Graders from Tampa, Fla.:
A very rare variety of the 1878 Philadelphia Morgan dollar was
certified recently by ICG Grading Service of Tampa, FL.
The coin is an example of VAM-44A an 1878 coin with the 7 over 8
tail feather reverse. This particular die pair features tripled edges
of the leaves and blossoms on Liberty’s head plus clash marks. On the
obverse there is a faint clashed “N” by Liberty’s throat. Evidence of
the designer’s initial “M” shows in the field above the “D” of “GOD”
on the reverse.
This reverse die also features three extra feather tips protruding
below the normal 7 tail feathers plus doubled legs on the eagle.
The coin was submitted to ICG at the recent Baltimore Rare Coin
and Currency Expo. It was attributed as VAM-44A by ICG Senior
Grader Randy Campbell, a silver dollar specialist and a former
President of the National Silver Dollar Roundtable. It was
certified MS-61 by the ICG graders.
According to Campbell, “fewer than five examples of this variety are
known to me. This is the first Mint State example of the 44A I’ve ever seen.”
For more information, Campbell can be reached in Tampa by telephone
Note: VAM is an acronym for "Van Allen - Mallis,"
surnames of authors Leroy C. Van Allen and A. George Mallis who more
tan 40 years ago published research on the variations in dies used
to strike Morgan and Peace silver dollars (and Van Allen continues
to update the work).
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