Differences in the number of tail feathers and mint overstrikes are well known to collectors. Less well known are at least 15 die varieties, known as VAM's, that the author and fellow experts have discovered on the particular coin described in this book. The author tells us that working dies for a new reverse design that were to be used for the 1879 issue were late getting from Philadelphia to the San Francisco mint, and a number of 1879 coins were minted there with an old--and by then obsolete--1878 reverse design.
Die irregularities on this coin are centered around the letter "r" in the motto, "In God We Trust," with the position of the arrow ends in the eagle's claws, and whether the eagle has a flat or rounded breast. These are documented in enlarged photographs. This book is for advanced VAM collectors and those who thought they knew everything about this widely-collected coin series.
Publication Date: 2001