1878-P VAM-10 Doubled Motto
Discovered by Leonard Hinckley, February 1974.
10 I28 A1e ( Doubled Motto) (180) I-3 R-4
Obverse I28 - First six stars on left doubled on left and right sides. E PLURIB doubled on left side and at bottom. Doubled date with 1 doubled at top left, above bottom crossbar and on right side of vertical shaft. First 8 doubled at bottom left inside of lower loop and right outside of both loops. 7 doubled on right side of vertical shaft and top left serif. Second 8 doubled slightly at bottom inside and upper left outside of lower loop.
Reverse A1e - Doubled left inside including legend, wreath, and wing tip. Two small feathers added on eagle's right and left side between leg and bottom of wing. Slightly concave reverse.
1. The 1878 VAM-10 is an 8 tailfeather coin with the A1e reverse. This reverse is characterized by unique tailfeathers next to the eagle's wings including a spiked feather on the right side that is often used as a diagnostic when paired with the two curved feathers on the left side(see photo below). VAM-15 also has the A1e reverse.
2. The VAM-10 is frequently found with a PL or DMPL obverse.
LVA Plate Photos:
Examine the reverse below. VAM-10 and VAM-15 both share this reverse, but the VAM-15 is a Top 100 coin and commands a hefty premium. The VAM-10 itself is a relatively scarce coin and is still a good find, but it does not carry the premium of the VAM-15. Thus, it is important to look at the obverse as well.
Here is the "notched 7" on the VAM-10. Look at the top and bottom of the left side of the crossbar of the 7:
And here is LIBERTY for the VAM-10. The VAM-10 does not have the major doubling in LIBERTY that the VAM-15 has:
Full Coin Photos
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