1878-P VAM-140 Doubled P, Partially Open O
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Reverse discovered by Charles Wallace, April 1959.
Revised 2010, Revised 2014 by 4SDAIR EDS Specimen
140 (revised) II/I 18 - B2b (Partially Open O) (180, 189) I-2 R-4
Obverse II/I 18 - Earliest Die state used with reverse Die 1 before reverse polished die scratches.Latest die state after use with VAM-116 with fine crack from 1-2 left stars to 18.
Reverse B2b - Same as B2a, but with hub break fill which leaves open the upper part of o of God.
Die 1 - Die not over polished. Earlier die state than later use as VAM-140A with die scratches.and also before VAM-140 D2
Die marker - Polishing line in two denticle spaces opposite UN and one in denticle space opposite left S in STATES as Plated Below
Die 2 - Die over polished in area of wing feathers and eagle's right wing missing next to leg
Early die state which was later used with VAM-144 .
1. Progression of Obverse II I 18
2. Vampicker comments: The VAM 140 description was revised in correspondence from Leroy Van Allen dated Feb 28, 2010. The two reverse dies previously grouped into this listing were separated into VAMs 140 and 140A when a study of the obverse die's progression revealed the entire VAM 116 marriage progression occurred between the two marriages with B2b reverse dies. VAM 140 is now defined as the latest use of the II/I 18 obverse paired with an earlier use of the exact reverse of VAM-144 . Coins previously identified as VAM 140 should be re-examined to confirm the attribution. All examples of VAM 140 Die 2 have a fairly long crack from the inner points of the first two left stars thru the point of the bust and the digits 18 of the date. No example of 1878-P VAM-140A or VAM-140 Die1 will have this crack, as it was the earliest use of this obverse. This crack is also visible on VAM-116C.
140 Die 1
1. Reeds ( )
140 Die 2
1. VAM-140 Die 2 Shares the exact reverse as VAM-144, In addition, the reverse should be either PL or DMPL. The earliest die states of VAM 144, which use the same reverse are 2-sided PL, which would infer a short paring with the II/I 18 obverse.
2. Reeds ( )
1. 4SDAIRS 2014 Revision Thread http://www.vamworld.com/share/view/66354874
LVA Plate Photos:
Fine crack from 1-2 left stars to 18 is found on VAM-140 D2 and VAM-116C which has different Reverse than the VAM-140 series
The 'o' in God is open, a defining characteristic of a die from the B2b reverse group.
The base of the right wing is overpolished. Close examination of fine die scratches reveals this is the exact reverse of VAM 144
Reverse Die 2.
Notch on 1 of the date. common of the VAM-140 series
PL of PLURIBUS
Full Coin Photos
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-140 Die #1 EDS Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy 4SDAIR ATTRIBUTED BY Leroy Van Allen
Latest die state after use with VAM-116 with fine crack from 1-2 left stars to 18.
PCGS attributes all as V140
VAM-140 may also contain 140A's.