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The 1878 7 tail feathers issue was struck in two major reverse variations. The first is the Second Reverse, with 7 tail feathers, parallel top arrow feather, and concave breast on the eagle. This is often called the Reverse of 1878. The other 7 tail feathers issue is the Third Reverse, with slanting top arrow feather and convex breast to the eagle. This is the Reverse of 1879. David Bowers (1993) estimates that the proof mintage of the Reverse of 1878 variety was between 250 to 300 pieces. He suggests that about 150 specimens survive today, mostly in the PR60 to PR64 range.
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