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8 Morgan Silver Dollar "7-Over-8 Tail" Feather Coin

1878 P-Mint Morgan Silver Dollar "7-Over-8 Tail" Feathers Coin

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1878 P-Mint Morgan Silver Dollar "7-Over-8 Tail" Feathers Coin
In 1878, it was discovered that the original rendering of the American eagle on the reverse of the Morgan silver dollar was incorrect because eagles do not have 8 tail feathers; they only have 7. Instead of creating new dies, the United States Mint changed thedesign on the existing dies from 8 tail feathers to 7. On this variety, you can still see the tip of a feather from the existing design below a feather in the new design. What an interesting slice of history and conversation piece.

What You Get

  • 1878 "7-over-8" tail feathers Morgan silver dollar coin


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The Key Specs

Coin Grade/Condition: Circulated condition
Mint Mark: Philadelphia Mint
Packaging: Encapsulated in a plastic case and paper sleeve

Coin 1

Obverse: Lady Liberty wearing a slave's cap (an ancient symbol of freedom) with the word Liberty inscribed on a ribbon
Reverse: American eagle holding both the olive branch of peace and arrows of war

The Basics:

Measures: Approx 38.1mm (1-1/2") in diameter
Weighs: Approx. 26.73g (approx. .944 oz.)


"7-over-8 Tail Feathers"  error coin

  • A technical error on the original coin die leads to this interesting error coin  

90% silver

  • Precious-metal coin 


1878 P-Mint Morgan Silver Dollar "7-Over-8 Tail" Feathers Coin
5 reviews 4.4 out of 5

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  • cinndogg WA.

    Coin was in great condition could see tail feathers 7over8 very clearly.pretty cool ??.

    cinndogg, WA
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    I purchased three of these coins, and they are beautiful! Also, a very good price for a coin this old and with so much history behind it. Recommend highly for your collection!

    tempoper, OH
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  • very good

    Then coin was better than I thought it would be.

    mccain479, FL
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  • 7 over 8 tail feathers 1878 p mint morgan silver $

    great price,fast shipping,nice payment plan,coin in beautiful condition for its age.

    flash12110223505, PA
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  • Mint mark shy

    Specs say Philadelphia mint mark,I purchased 2 , mint mark shy on both

    Geech101, FL
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