This first-year 1878 seven tail feather Philadelphia Mint issue replaced the original eight tail feather eagle reverse. The change resulted from an ornithologist's complaint to the Mint that eagles invariably have odd-numbered tails. All later Morgan issues displayed seven tail feathers, but this first variety became relatively scarce when its flat-breast eagle was altered to a round-breast type later in 1878. The flat-breast eagle was not repeated until the last issue of 1921. Our nicely detailed Very Fine quality saw only light circulation at a time when a Morgan silver dollar was a day's pay for many American workers.