One of the rarest silver dollar varieties will be on display Aug. 5-9 at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Los Angeles, Michael S. Fey of Rare Coin Investments announced July 15.
An 1878 “8 Tail Feather” VAM 14.11 Morgan dollar with “Wild Eye Spikes,” housed in a GSA pliobag and graded XF-45 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, will be on display by Selby Ungar, president of The King of Carson City, at his bourse table.
There are just 14 certified specimens of the 1878 “8TF” VAM 14.11 in all grades, according to Fey. Ungar’s is the sole known specimen from the GSA hoard.
“The ultra rare 1878 ‘8TF’ VAM 14.11 is considered a key to the Top 100 Morgan dollar set as well as the key to the set of all 41 1878 ‘8TF’ VAM varieties,” said Fey, who is co-author of the book Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties.
VAM is an acronym stemming from the names of Leroy Van Allen and A. George Mallis, who were first to catalog varieties of obverse and reverse dies – called die pairs – by a VAM number.
For more information, contact Fey by mail at RCI, P.O. Box C, Ironia, NJ 07845, by phone at (973) 252-4000, or by e-mail at Feyms@aol.com.
Contact Ungar by phone at (718) 531-049. Visit his Web site at www.kingofcc.com.