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1878 P Morgan Dollars : 7 Tail Feathers - Reverse of 1878 - Parallel Arrow Feather

Early Silver Dollars

Mintage: N/A       Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: George T Morgan        Metal Composition: 90% Silver - 10% Copper

Diameter: 38.1 mm       Mass / Weight: 26.73 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1878 Morgan Silver Dollar - 7 Tail Feathers - Reverse of 1878

One major variety of the 1878 Morgan Silver Dollar features 7 Tail Feathers and also features the reverse design of 1878. The difference between the 7 Tail Feathers vs 8 Tail Feathers is depicted below in the example comparison image:

1878 Morgan Silver Dollar - 7 Tail Feathers vs 7/8 Doubled Tail Feathers 8 Tail Feathers - Difference and Comparison

The reverse of 1878 is actually the earlier design which can be identified by noticing how the eagle had an unnaturally flat or concave breast. The easiest way to identify this variety is to look at the arrow feathers on the arrows that the eagle is holding in it's claw. The top feather is straight and parallel along with the rest of the arrows.

The later reverse of 1879 variety was changed to give the eagle a rounder and more convex breast appearance that looked more natural. Again the easiest way to identify the reverse of 1879 is to also look at the arrow feathers. Unlike the reverse of 1878 - the reverse of 1879 features a prominently slanted top feather on the arrow. The difference between the Reverse of 1878 vs Reverse of 1879 Morgan Silver Dollar is depicted below in the example comparison image with the features depicted by the arrows:

1878 Reverse of 1878 vs Reverse of 1879 Morgan Silver Dollar - Difference and Comparison

Coin valuation chart:
Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-65)
Proof
(PR-63)
273337434647791,0123,304

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1878 P Morgan Dollar
7 Tail Feathers - Reverse of 1878 - Parallel Arrow Feather
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1878 Morgan Silver Dollar 7 Tailfeathers, Reverse of 1878 NGC AU-58 (Toned)

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