1878-P VAM-164 Broken R
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Reverse discovered by Melvin Carmichael, August 1951.
164 (revised) II/I 27 - B2c (Broken R) (180) I-2 R-4
Obverse II/I 27 - I,B, & T doubled to left in LIBERTY. Double right stars 1, 3, and 4. Metal on P. Broken upper R in PLURIBUS.
P, L, R, and B in PLURIBUS doubled on right side. UNU of UNUM doubled below upper serifs.
Key identifier- Vertical line left end of cap ribbon.
Reverse B2c - Broken R in TRUST results in TIUST. Weak feathers next to eagle's right leg. Three horizontal die gouges between eagle's right wing and body. Rev has a closed o,broken r in TRUST
1. The VAM 164 is one of the most misattributed coins in this group. The P in PLURIBUS does resemble the one on the VAM 166. HOWEVER, there is a difference. LEARN THIS The left foot of the 164 has a little spike coming out over the foot. The 166 DOES NOT. If you get this, you won't misattributere this coin unless the coin is very low grade. More attributes will help you narrow down the 164.
LVA Plate Photos:
This doubling on the inside top left of the I of LIBERTY is without a doubt the best marker for the VAM 164. This is the ONLY coin in the group that is strongly filled in this area. LEARN THIS, it will help so much in getting the VAM 164.
The E, the L and the first U in E PLURIBUS have only the slightest of doubling on the VAM 164. In fact, if it weren't for the P, this coin would very often be misattributed as the VAM 185, which would be the " NORMAL " coin for the obverse.
Above photos and text courtesy of Ash Harrison.
Three die gouges.
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-164 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]© ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACS