1878-P VAM-14.5

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1878-P VAM 14.5 Spiked "A"

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.


  1. Quite scarce in circulated grades, unknown uncirculated, with no problem-free uncirculated coins graded as of 2018.
  2. This variety shares the reverse A1d with VAM-6, VAM-7, VAM-14.5, VAM-14.8, and VAM-14.19.
  3. Can be confused with he more common VAM-7, which also has the die gouge through the A in STATES
  4. E on the obverse 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

Full Coin VAM 14.5 Images ©Heritage Auctions, used with permission. Attributed by Variety Slabbing Service.jpg