1878-P VAM-163

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1878-P VAM-163 Shifted U

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.

This coin is a Top 30 1878 Variety

163 II/I 26 B2c (Shifted U) (194) I-3 R-4
Obverse II/I 26 - Slightly doubled LIBERTY ( L, I, B, and T only) shifted to left. Doubled E, U, R, and M in E PLURIBUS UNUM ( U and M are particularly large shifts). Doubled 7 star on left. Doubled 18 n date.
overpolished ear

1- This is the one VAM from 160 to 188 that can be attributed SOLELY by looking at the first U in PLURIBUS. If you LEARN THIS you will never miss another VAM 163. If you miss this incredibly doubled left upright, you will have a tough time with this coin.
The LDS is lightly clashed, but with no letter transfer. There is also a thin terminal die crack from the rim though the 7 that goes part of the way to the hair.

1- http://www.vamworld.com/share/view/61726990

LVA Plate Photos

Additional Photos

ASH 1878-P VAM-163 U.JPG
The P in PLURIBUS is basically normal on the VAM 163. How this occurred with the U as doubled as it is, is really amazing.
ASH 1878-P VAM-163 P.JPG
The M in UNUM is also unique on the VAM 163. This notch is the only one of its size on any VAM from 160-188.
ASH 187-P VAM-163 M.JPG
The 7th left star has very strong doubling. This attribute always gets this author looking for the VAM 123. Of course, I turn over the coin and see the broken R in Trust and that is over.
.ASH 1878-P VAM-163 7TH STAR.JPG
The last U in UNUM has some distinct doubling that should be noted on this variety.
Above photos and text courtesy of Ash Harrison.

Strongly shifted U in PLURIBUS
78 vam163 shiftedU1.jpg

Jv 1878 7tf v163 u 7-16-16.jpg

Jv 1878 7tf v163 m 7-16-16.jpg

Jv 1878 7tf obv v163 fp 04-17-17.jpg

Jv 1878 7tf rev v163 fp 04-17-17.jpg