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1878-P VAM-14.12

1878 VAM-14.12 Double Date

Discovered February 1995 by Les Hartnett
14-12 I1 12 · A1c (Doubled Date) (189?) I-3 R-7
Obverse I1 12– Thin spike below eyelid. Slightly doubled date. 1 doubled below upper crossbar, first 8 doubled at top inside of both loops and bottom left outside of upper loop, 7 doubled below crossbar and right side of vertical shaft, second 8 doubled at top inside and bottom left outside of upper loop.
Reverse A1c– Die further polished down.

1. This is an eight tail feather variety. The A1c reverse is shared by Vams 3, 4, 5, 14-6, 14-7, 14-11, 14-12, 14-14, 14-17, and 14-18. All but VAMs 3 & 4 are major rarities.
2. Eye dots in front of eye.


LVA Plate Photos

Additional Photos

Slightly doubled date:
The obverse has several dots in front of the eye, and a thin sliver of metal under the eyelid, similiar to
VAM-3 but thinner:
Most 14.12 coins have radial die cracks, but an early die state is known without the cracks. The first crack to appear is the third star to the right of the date. This is followed by a second radial die crack between the 3rd and 4th stars to the left of the date. (JLee)
The die state with the two cracks and displaced fields is 1878-P VAM-12.
A1C reverse:
The reverse engraved feathers:
The eyelid is clearly doubled on this specimen. The two characteristic dots are clear.
Date is slightly doubled.
Undocumented, all left stars are doubled and all right stars are at least tripled with the first three right stars quintupled. This is clear with a loupe on an uncirculated specimen. It was probably missed because this would likely be indiscernable on most of the few known extant examples presented. There is a crack from the left of the third right star to the denticles on most of these. If there is indeed an earlier state without this radial crack, that would indicate a significant number produced, while the majority apparently lost.(JC)

Full Coin Photos

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  • Note that there is NO NGC population of this VAM. The ANACS 61DMPL and NGC 60PL that were previously in this table (but still in the populations at those services) are the same as the current PCGS 60PL.