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.
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.
LVA Plate Photo:
Another attribution key is the shift of the legend letters on the obverse. This shift is the largest known.
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... .
...along with all the obverse stars and letters of E PLURIBUS UNUM.
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".