This first-year 1878 7 tailfeather Philadelphia Mint issue replaced the original 8-tailfeather 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 7 tailfeathers, 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.