1878-P VAM-186A

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1878-P VAM-186A Broken R, Spike Above Eyelid

Discovered March 2006 by Clayton Christiansen

186A II 2 • B2c (Broken R, Spike Above Eyelid) ( ? ) I-2 R-6
Obverse II 2– Short spike above eyelid front. Three vertical polishing lines in mouth and some raised metal at left inside of both 8's upper loop and at top inside of first 8 lower loop.
reverse:broken R, closed O (god)

Comments: Do not confuse this with the more common VAM 185B, which also has a spike above the eyelid, although it is vertical, similar to VAM 222C. A very elusive variety that is frequently mis-attributed.
NOTE:vam 186A is extremely difficult to find in any grade and when found is usually a mid to au grade,there are a few ms examples known ,some of them are PL

LVA Plate Photos

1878-P VAM-186A Spike Above Eyelid.jpg1878-P VAM-186A Metal in 8.jpg

Additional Photos

The spike above the eyelid can be tough to see. There are gouges at the back of the eye that
resemble a quotation mark that are fairly distinctive.
78 v186a eye jpr.jpg

The VAM description mentions vertical lines in the mouth as a die marker
78 v186a mouth jpr.jpg

Another distinctive marker is the pattern of polishing lines around the 'bearclaw
78 v186a bearclaw jpr.jpg
The reverse is pretty nondescript beyond the broken r in trust.
The polishing lines in and around the bow help ID the specific reverse die.
78 v186a bow jpr.jpg

78 V186A Obv rsk.jpg

78 V186A Rev rsk.jpg

Discovery piece is ANACS MS 62 PL