Characteristics are described with a degree of granularity intended for die identification more so than for die classification. A characteristic may not span the entire die progression. Thus, not all characteristics may be present in any one coin.

1879-S VAM-107 I5R5 AW122318

Obverse: III2-56
  • Date slightly doubled with 1 at lower edge of upper crossbar, 8 at the lower left outside of upper loop, 7 at the crossbar lower edge and bottom edge of vertical shaft and 9 at the left outside of both loops. *Wide striated/segmented die gouge 0.437" long starting at rear of Liberty's neck as very wide and high raised striated gouge of 0.045" by 0.045" and continuing to right in hair gap above the 9 as wide striated gouge.
  • Five lines to the left of the large bear claw.
  • Raised bump with faint horizontal lines to the right of the large bear claw.
  • Several raised lines to the left of the small bear claw hair swirl.
  • Die crack to right of 9 up to lower hair.
  • Dense polish marks throughout the LIBERTY banner and in the wheat leaf gap.
  • Long polish mark at the rear of Liberty's eye and from the rear of the nose to the rear of the mouth.
  • Very fine polish lines throughout the obverse fields.
Reverse: C3aq.
  • Mint mark is centered and upright with a slight left tilt.
  • Two distince horizontal lines in the upper serif of the mint mark.
  • Die Marker: Polish line at the top inside of wreath bow extending to the right on top and outside. This specimen took a hit in that area.
  • Die chips in the eagle's right leg triangle void.
  • Dense diagonal polish lines in the eagle's wing/neck gap.
  • Engraved leaves at the bottom of LW4.
  • Engraved leaves on the wing side of LW2.
Comments: Longest and widest associated series of segmented die gouges known for the Morgan dollar obverse and reverse. At a later die state, which this coin is, a die crack develops to right of 9 up to hair. (Formerly VAM-1B1).
VAMWorld: [ VAM-107 ] [ VAM-107A ] [ 1879-S VW List ]
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Topic revision: r3 - 23 Dec 2018, AndyWoj00

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