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Lot 33520

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Type Coin
Title Lot 33520
Date 1878
Country U.S.
Service Catalog # 7072
Denomination S$1
Description 1878 8TF $1 MS62 NGC. CAC. VAM-9, R.7. A Top 100 Variety. The surfaces on both sides are bright and approach silver in the centers with dabs of ochre, brownish-charcoal, and amber near the rim. A couple of small marks appear on Liberty's cheek. VAM-9 is known on as the "first Morgan dollar dies," struck with the so-called "Comma Feather" or A1h reverse. According to {blockquote}"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 Hayes. 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 reverse die is identifiable because of the 'comma' feather on the lower right side as looking at the eagle."{/blockquote} Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $8,225.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

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