1878-P VAM-166

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1878-P VAM-166 Spiked P

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.
This coin is a Hit List 40 Morgan VAM. This coin is a Top 30 1878 Variety
166 II/I 29 - B2c (Spiked P) (193) I-2 R-4
Obverse II/I 29 B2c - Type II LIBERTY. Metal on E,P, U, and R of E PLURIBUS UNUM. All stars on left and first star on right doubled.

1. It is reported that most of the attributed VAM-166 coins are not correctly attributed. The pups listed are correct as of June,10 2013. Before buying any attributed slabbed coin, "Check the PUPs" before you buy it! Metal on letters E PLUR in E PLURIBUS. Left stars doubled. Right stars 1, 2, 3, and 4 doubled. An elusive variety, a key VAM that's on every collector's want list, very rare in any grade.


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Additional Photos:

The left side of the P is solid and square. The right side is rounded. There is an angled bar on that right side that continues past the end of the lower right side. On higher grade specimens, one can see the bar clearly. Additionally the top right of the loop is doubled.
1878p vam166 ash1.jpg
The U has significantly doubled portions on the upper right outside. The lower left inside is also doubled..
1878p vam166 ash2.jpg
The O of GOD is closed and intact
1878p vam166 ash3.jpg
The bumps below the eye referenced in some VAM-166 descriptions can be misleading. Notice how this PCGS F15 example is not attributable using the features of the eye (see photo later on this page)
The S of PLURIBUS shows doubling.
1878p vam166 ash5.jpg
The 1 in the date is notched at the top right.

1878p vam166 ash6.jpg

Mrjuan-vam-166-pl.JPG Mrjuan-vam-166-ur.JPG

Mrjuan-vam 166 god.JPG Mrjuan-v1m 166-tru.JPG


Shallow spikes from front of eye under lid. Mottled appearance of eye socket.
78 v166 shallow spikes eye.jpg
Short spike points down from right upright of U and partially broken foot on R in PLURIBUS
78 v166 ur pluribus.jpg
Several roughly horizontal lines are found in the hair to the left of the juction of the lower two cotton leave.
Several vertical lines cross the lower end of the cap band
78 v166 lines cap band.jpg
Scratch from talon points at back of upper arrowhead
78 v166 scratch from talon.jpg
A patch of horizontal lines on the #2 tailfeather
This is a later stage of the reverse used with VAM-187

78 v166 lines tailfeather2.jpg

SWH 1878-P REV OF 78 UR 17 OCT 2010 018.JPG

NESVT20100908 166 15.JPG NESVT20100908 3.JPG

Rjj-166plus007.jpg Rjj-166plus008.jpg



Full Coin Photos

VAM-166 Images from the Bernard (Bernie) Linhart Collection on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY Mike Faraone at PCGS

From Heritage's auction archives another [here] [here] [here] [here]