1878-P VAM-38

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1878-P VAM-38 7/8 5 TF

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Reverse discovered by Anthony Morano, February 1965.
38 II/I 9 B/Ah (7/8 5TF) (180) I-4 R-4
Obverse II/I 9- Doubled LIBERTY with shift to left; largest shift of this kind known. All letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM and all left and right stars doubled. Doubled date with 1 doubled on both sides of shaft, first 8 doubled at top outside and inside right of upper loop, 7 doubled on right, second 8 doubled on inside right of upper loop.
Reverse B/Ah-Five tail feather ends showing; between 2 and 3, 3 and 4, 4 and 5, and under 5 and 6 TF. Design remains in leaves of branch, below branch on left, and around wreath bow. Eagle's right wing separated from leg due to over polishing.

Comments:
1. The VAM-38 can be quickly identified by the over polished area separating the eagle's leg and wing along with five remaining tips of the 8TF reverse under the reimpressed 7 tail feathers. The tips are located between tail feathers 2 and 3, 3 and 4, 4 and 5, and under feathers 5 and 6.

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Additional Photos:

KRJ !878 78TF 110113.jpg 1878 RonH VAM-38 TF Wings.jpg
Another attribution key is the shift of the legend letters on the obverse. This shift is the largest known.
78PVAM38libCC-horz.jpg
Although the tail feather tips on the coin's reverse are the primary keys to narrowing down the variety, the VAM-38 has spectacular doubling of obverse details as shown below: Such as the date having significant doubling... .
78PVAM38DT1.jpg 78PVAM38DT2.jpg 78PVAM38DT3.jpg
...along with all the obverse stars and letters of E PLURIBUS UNUM.
78pvam38e.jpg 78PVAM38B.jpg 78PVAM38D.jpg
78PVAM38U.jpg 78PVAM38EYE.jpg 78PVAM38STAR.jpg
78PVAM38STAR1.jpg 78PVAM38cb.jpg 78PVAM38nose.jpg
One key to attribute the coin compared to the other 7/5TF coins (VAM-39 and 40) is by the lack of die pitting around the letter "r" in the motto "trust".
78pvam38r.jpg
Ja78-38-R.jpg Ja78-38-I.jpg
Ja78-38-tail.jpg Ja78-38-arrow.jpg
Ja78-38-LIB.jpg Ja78-38-ERTY.jpg

Full Coin Photos

2 Sets of Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-38 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS LOGO3.jpg

3/2017
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