1878 7/8TF $1 Strong MS (PCGS# 7078)
The November 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2699
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1878 Morgan Silver Dollar. 7/8 Tailfeathers. VAM-44. Top 100 Variety. 7/5 Tailfeathers. Tripled Blossoms. Fine-12 (NGC). Original sandy-gray patina adorns both sides, the major devices with some bolder detail remaining despite having acquired moderate to heavy wear. The excellent reference <em>The Top 100 Morgan Dollars Varieties: The VAM Keys </em>by Michael S. Fey and Jeff Oxman (1997) has this to say about the 1878 VAM-44 variety: ""Considered by most specialists to be the Number One Morgan dollar variety.""