1878-P VAM-100-2 Doubled Obverse Motto
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Described 2009.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
This coin is a Top 30 1878 Variety.
100-2 I1 10 B2a (Doubled Obverse Motto) (180) I-2 R-4
Obverse I1 10 - Earliest die state.
Doubled top of E PURIBUS UNUM and 1-4 & 6 left stars and all right stars toward rim. Eylid slightly doubled below front. Date slightly doubled with 1 doubled below crossbar, first 8 at top inside and left outside of upper loop, 7 at top right and below crossbar and second 8 at low left outside of upper loop.
Reverse B2a - Die 2 - Die markers - Fine horizontal die polishing line on second inner feather from bottom of eagle's left wing and on sixth outer feather from bottom of eagle's right wing. Over polished flat area in middle of eagle's left wing. No lines in wreath bow or in A of DOLLAR.
1. In VAMVIEW 14 John Roberts reported the existence of two different Reverse Types for the VAM 100, A and B. Later type B2 reverse, with shorter center arrow shaft and die chips around R and U of TRUST. The eagle's wings show at least 6 different states of overpolishing where the field shows through. 1878 VAM-100 Type 1 Obverse. This variety has the parallel arrow feather, short nock B2 reverse combined with the type 1 obverse which has an incuse M. Incuse M mean's the designer, George T. Morgan, placed his initial M on the obverse neck of Liberty and for type 1, it is etched down into the design. For type 2 coins, the M raises up out of the neck. It is subtle and hard to see. Additional pick-up points for this coin include obverse doubling, pictured here on the R and I of PLURIBUS and small die chips around US of TRUST.
LVA Plate Photos:
Two lines in cap fold.
In VAMVIEW 14 John Roberts reported the existence of two different Reverse Types for the VAM 100, A and B.
Reverse A is VAM-100-2
The key diagnostic for the A reverse is no line inside the top opening of the A in Dollar.
There is also a crack pattern thru OF to the Wing Tip, and AM of America
Reverse B is VAM-100-1
Three horizontal lines from right side of bow opening.
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-100-2 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS
- The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys Copyright 2009 RCI. With permission from the authors Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., [http://www.rcicoins.com], and Jeff Oxman, [http://www.vamlink.com]