1878-P VAM-163 Shifted U
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.
This coin is a Top 30 1878 Variety
163 II/I 26 B2c (Shifted U) (194) I-3 R-4
Obverse II/I 26 - Slightly doubled LIBERTY ( L, I, B, and T only) shifted to left. Doubled E, U, R, and M in E PLURIBUS UNUM ( U and M are particularly large shifts). Doubled 7 star on left. Doubled 18 n date.
1. Overpolished ear.
2. This is the one VAM from 160 to 188 that can be attributed SOLELY by looking at the first U in PLURIBUS. If you LEARN THIS you will never miss another VAM 163. If you miss this incredibly doubled left upright, you will have a tough time with this coin.
3. The LDS is lightly clashed, but with no letter transfer. There is also a thin terminal die crack from the rim though the 7 that goes part of the way to the hair.
LVA Plate Photos:
The P in PLURIBUS is basically normal on the VAM 163. How this occurred with the U as doubled as it is, is really amazing.
The M in UNUM is also unique on the VAM 163. This notch is the only one of its size on any VAM from 160-188.
The 7th left star has very strong doubling. This attribute always gets this author looking for the VAM 123. Of course, I turn over the coin and see the broken R in Trust and that is over.
The last U in UNUM has some distinct doubling that should be noted on this variety.
Above photos and text courtesy of Ash Harrison.
Strongly shifted U in PLURIBUS
Full Coin Photos