1878-P VAM-14.3 Doubled Bow
Discovered by Guy Messing, December 1974.
14.3 I15 A1m (Doubled Reverse) (188) I-2 R-4
Obverse I15 - All stars on right and first four stars on left are doubled on lower right side.Date slightly doubled with 1 doubled below upper crossbar. First 8 doubled at top inside and lower left outside of both loops. 7 doubled at top right and below crossbar. Second 8 doubled at top inside of both loops and lower left outside of upper loop.
Reverse A1m - Doubled UNITED STATES OF and ONE DOLLAR near rim and AMERICA away from rim. Both stars and outside of wreath doubled. Three small feathers added on eagle's right and two on eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing similar to A1b but wings have not been polished as much.
1. The 1878 VAM-14.3 is an 8 Tailfeather coin. VAM-14.3 has the A1m reverse which was also used to strike proof Morgans. The reverse has doubling that is noticeable in the wreath and the obverse has polishing lines that can be used for identification.
2. LDS is 2-sided clashed, but no letter transfer and hence not a listable sub-variety. VAM 14.10 has this obverse clashed die.
LVA Plate Photos:
A die scratch inside the leg may be useful for identification.
Inside the recess of the cap there are lots of die polishing lines.
Reverse right wreath leaves and berry doubling
The date has doubling on the upper underside of the digits. The bottom of the 8 has excess metal fill.
Thin lines within LIBERTY are useful for attribution. Some of these lines are hard to photograph.
If viewing from a different angle, certain other polishing lines are easily visible to the camera.
Like many other 8 tail feather coins, the eye has unique identifiers.
The wing does have extra metal at the end similar to an 1878-P VAM-14.4 feature.
Full Coin Photos
The Proof Coin of this marriage.
Full coin Hi-res Photo of VAM 14-3 AOH NGC Photo by Heritage 1 Set of Proof Photos [http://coins.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=1156_lotNo=4138#66306630927]