1878-P VAM-14.5

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1878-P VAM 14.5 Spiked "A" with Open Nostril

Discovered by Steve Sabella, June 1979.

This coin is a Hot 50 Morgan VAM.

14.5 I210 A1d (Spiked A) (189) I-2 R-4
Obverse I110 - Slightly doubled motto letters R-US, UNU, all left stars on left side, and all right stars toward rim. All digits in date doubled with 1 doubled at top of lower crossbar; both 8's doubled at lower inside of lower loop, and 7 doubled on left side of vertical stem. Die overpolished with weak nostril and lower hairlines.
Reverse A1d - Die scratch causing spikes at sides of A in STATES.

Comments:
Very rare, with only one BU coin known (an NGC 60). Can be confused with VAM-7. This is an eight tailfeather variety. This variety shares the reverse A1D with VAM-6, VAM-7, VAM-14.5, VAM-14.8, and VAM-14.19. VAMs 6 and 7 are relatively common, but the other three are major rarities.
Reverse: A1d reverse with the die gouge through 'A' of 'STATES'. The more common VAM-7 also has the die gouge.
Obverse: E is doubled to the right. '8s in the date have "sloping" shoulders look. Nose polished open, however some VAM-7 coins also have extensive polishing here and this is not a sure-fire diagnostic.

LVA Plate Photos

Additional Photos

A1D Reverse
1878 8TF A1D Reverse.jpg

Spiked A on reverse from a VAM-14.5 specimen:
1878-P VAM-14-5 spiked A.jpg
1878 P VAM14-5 JL3TIERPHOTOS.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.5 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BYVariety Slabbing Service.jpg

PCGS Pop report 4/1/08
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