1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar

1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, showing the 7 over 8 tailfeathers with 5 notable lower feathers.

1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, a VAM-38

This 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar not only has a tailfeather issue, but wait until you see other portions of this 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar drama coin.

At a local coin show, I had a coin collector approach us and ask if we had an 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar . At that moment in time, I did not. I wrote the request down and started looking for a 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar.

I managed to find a 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar. When it arrived I decided to place the 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar under the microscope. The lighting was cooperative this fine day, and I was able to take this photo of the 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar reverse:

1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, showing the 7 over 8 tailfeathers with 5 notable lower feathers.
1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, showing the 7 over 8 tailfeathers with 5 notable lower feathers.

I decided to look at the entire reverse of this 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar to see if there was anything else odd about it. Look at the arrow shafts and feathers on the arrows as well:

1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, focusing on the arrow shafts and arrow feathers
1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, focusing on the arrow shafts and arrow feathers

Re-punched date or a doubled die obverse?

In the photo above, it definitely does NOT look normal, so I had to head over to https://vamworld.com and see if I could find a match. BUT before I do, I wanted to look over the obverse. This shouldn’t take too long. Or would it?

The first thing I look at is the date on this 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar to see its position and to see if it a re-punched date. I could see something, I wanted clear concise photos that I can use to describe the coin should it be placed in the shopping cart. Here is what I see on the date of this 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar :

1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, the "1" in the date.
The “1” in the date.

On the date of this 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, notice that the “cookie cutter” style line is near the top of the coin and it does not exhibit a lower, shelf-like look. If you look at the “1” in the date of this 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, to the top right, it is exhibiting a “notch, or where one impression of a “1” is slightly lower than the other.

If you look closely at the top curve to the left you can see a separation line between the two “1’s” and also on the flag of the one it is evident. The base of the one has a slight line all the way across the digit, but I was not convinced it was from a second impression.

1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, the first "8" in the date.
The first “8”.

The “8’s” show a classic re-punching in certain areas of the number, mainly to the North.

1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, the  "7" in the date.
The “7”.

The “7” shows notching on the top left, just about in the same manner the “1” has. This helps solidify the probability that this Morgan Dollar could have a re-punched date, or, if doubled on other devices on the front, a doubled die obverse.

1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, the second "8" in the date.
The second “8”.

Lets look at E PLURIBUS UNUM, one letter at a time.

Doubling on E PLURIBUS UNUM

I had to chuckle when the I looked at these letters:

1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, the "E"
The “E”
1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, the "P"
The “P”
1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, the "L"
The “L”
1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, the "R"
The “R”

Widest known doubling on LIBERTY

OK, so this 1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar has doubling in E PLURIBUS UNUM as well. So, I headed to https://vamworld.com to see if I could find myself a match. After some comparison, the best candidate appears to be VAM-38. One additional area to look at would cement the VAM-38 finding if the LIBERTY was doubled as well. Let’s take a look. This photo of LIBERTY was taken with my cellphone camera. That is normally quite a feat, but the spread on LIBERTY is so wide, that it was not that hard to achieve. It looks amazing.

1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, with the widest spread known on LIBERTY in the Morgan Dollar series.
1878 7 over 8 tail feathers Morgan Dollar, with the widest spread known on LIBERTY in the Morgan Dollar series. Wow !

Doubling on the denticles

A quick look around the rest of the obverse shows denticles, those teethy looking decorations around the rim. Take a look at these:

Double denticles around the rim
Double denticles around the rim.
1878 7 over 8 TF Strong NGC MS63-slab-obv
1878 7 over 8 TF Strong NGC MS63-slab-obv
1878 7 over 8 TF Strong NGC MS63-slab-rev
1878 7 over 8 TF Strong NGC MS63-slab-rev

Overall, a very fun Morgan Dollar to attribute.

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