1878-P VAM-1

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1878-P VAM-1 Doubled E

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Obverse discovered by Neil Shafer, November 1964.
1 I21 – A1a (Doubled E) (188) 1-2 R-4
Obverse I²1 - Slightly doubled bottom letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM. First star on right doubled on left side. First five stars on left doubled slightly on right side. 187 in date is slightly doubled 1 is doubled at top of bottom crossbar. First 8 is doubled at bottom inside of lower loop. 7 is doubled on left side of vertical shaft.
Reverse A¹a - First 8 TF design type used, with raised beak, small feathers between eagle's legs and bottom wings, I of IN touching top of eagle's wing. This die variety has inside E of ONE, R of DOLLAR and last A of AMERICA strongly doubled. Letters of legend frequently have machine doubling. Two small feathers added on eagle's right side and three on eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing.

  1. PCGS labels this "Spear Point," because the tip of the added wing feather next to the eagles body is shaped like a spear point. There is a curving die scratch between ONE and Dollar. However, an EDS found in July 2007 does not exhibit this scratch nor exhibit the typically seen obverse or reverse die cracks.
  2. The 1878-P VAM-1 is an 8 tailfeather coin. An 8 tailfeather attribution guide is available on VAMworld.
  3. The VAM-1 is a common to scarce variety.(R-5??)


LVA Plate Photos

Additional Photos

Main Pickups

As this reverse is only seen on VAM 1, the engraved feathers on the eagle are the main pickups.

Secondary Pickups

Die scratch between ONE DOLLAR useful to verify VAM-1 when you are looking at the tail feathers (missing on EDS DMPL coins!)

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin VAM 1 Images © Heritage Auctions, used with permission, ATTRIBUTED BY Variety Slabbing Service.jpg
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