1878-P VAM-131 Normal
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Revised August 2008.
131 (revised) II2 - B2a (Normal) (179, 180, 194) I-1 R-2
Obverse II2- Normal type II obverse with broken point off number 4 right star and slight doubling on right side of 7(hub effect). Some specimens have small spike above eyelid front. Die 1B X polishing lines at left of top cotton leaf and small raised dot below earlobe. Also VAM VAM-228-3.
Reverse B2a- Feathers weakly struck in middle of eagle's left wing and next to eagle's right leg on some specimens. Multiple dies exist. Die 1 - Polishing outlines at top of LLAR.
NOTE:Business strike Die 1 obverse & reverse are different than the PROOF only die combination. PROOF only die does NOT have X polish line nor the dot below the earlobe. PROOF die has thin line below eyelid and has extra metal at the top right serif of the E in the motto.
NOTE:PROOF only die also outlines at the top of LLAR as do several of the B2 reverse dollars. There is a die chip on the middle left side of the D in UNITED on the PROOF die and the feather next to the eagle's right leg (left as you look at the coin) is full and sharp.
1. Some show die chip in hair below LIBERTY, or diagonal die scratch through B or through RT in LIBERTY. Original 131 description; these amplifiers actually to VAMs 131A, 131B & 131C.