1878-P VAM-14.14 8TF Double LIBERTY
Discovered May 1997 by Les Hartnett
14-14 I1 14 ∙ A1c (Doubled LIBERTY) (189) I-3 R-7
Obverse I1 14 - Slightly doubled LIBERTY on right side, E PLURIB at top outside, tops of cotton leaves, bottom of nostril and nose and right side of 7. All left stars doubled towards rim and first 3 right stars and 4-6 right stars doubled towards rim. Spike below eyelid in front of lower eye. Horizontal and vertical die cracks through second 8.
Reverse A1C - Letters in UNITED doubled strongly on top and bottom. STATES OF AMERICA letters doubled at bottom. ONE DOLLAR letters doubled at top. Left wreath strongly doubled. Three small feathers added on eagle's right and two on eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing.
1. This is an eight tail feather variety. The A1c reverse is shared by Vams 3, 4, 5, 14-6, 14-7, 14-11, 14-12, 14-14, 14-17, and 14-18. All but VAMs 3 & 4 are major rarities. 14.17 and 14.12 are considered by Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., to be the first obverses used with the A1c reverse. Yet, when the 14.14 coin was struck, the reverse die was still DMPL as a few BU's are known to be hiding in unnamed collections. This has to tell you something about the scarcity of the earlier obverses.
2. COLLECTOR INTEREST:HIGH
LVA Plate Photos:
Below is the A1c reverse
The 14.14 has a spike under the eye lid extending to the left. The key diagnostic point for this coin is a triangular shaped die chip below and to the left of eye.
The date also has unique die cracks around the 78 in the date. The break below the 8 running radially toward the rim can become quite pronounced and thick.
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.14 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] PCGS XF-40 ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.14 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler