1878-P VAM-14.8 Doubled Eyelid
Discovered by Steve Contursi, October 1980.
14.8 I18 A1d (Doubled Eyelid) (189) I-2 Proof
Obverse I18 - Slightly doubled top of P in PLURIBUS. Eyelid doubled in front of eye about one third own from top. All left and right stars quadrupled towards rim. Entire date doubled with 1 doubled below upper crossbar, both 8s at top inside and lower left outside of upper loop and 7 below upper crossbar and right side of vertical shaft.
1. The 1878-P VAM-14.8 is one of the ultra rare 8TF coins. VAM-14.8 was struck as a proof and the dies were reused as a business strike. Because of rarity, the business strike typically sells for higher premiums than the proof. The recent 8TF census has shown the business strike VAM-14.8 is rarer than VAM-14.15. It has an A1d reverse, which it shares with VAMs 6, 7, 14-5, 14-8, and 14-19. VAMs 6 and 7 are relatively common, but the other three are major rarities.
LVA Plae Photo:
The picture below shows the tailfeathers of this reverse.
The 14.8 A1d reverse shared by 1878-P VAM-6, 1878-P VAM-7, 1878-P VAM-14.5, and 1878-P VAM-14.19.
VAM-6, VAM-14.8 and VAM-14.19 do not have a gouge through the A in STATES. VAM-7 and VAM-14.5 have a gouge. Pictured here is a 14.19 without the gouge.
The best obverse feature to look for on the 14.8 is a huge eye spike.
The insides of the first 8 in the date show strong polishing.
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.8 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]ATTRIBUTED BY
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.8 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]ATTRIBUTED BY NGC