1878-P VAM-18 Doubled Date
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Obverse discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.
18 (revised) II/I 2 A2/A1a (Doubled Date) ( 176) I-4 R-5
Obverse II/I 2 - Doubled LIBERTY shifted up and left. Doubled E, P, L, U, R, S, and M in motto with large shift in date and all stars on right. All left stars tripled.
Reverse A2/A1a - Second 8 TF design type, A2, with hooked beak and I of IN away from top of eagle's right wing reimpressed over first 8 TF design type, A1. Doubled inside of wreath, NE of ONE ad AR of DOLLAR. Two extra small feathers added on eagle's right and partial one left side between leg and bottom of wing, Top of left wreath over polished so that tip of leaf appears to be an extra berry on the left side but the shadow of leaf remains on field of coin. (See page 149 of VAM book). Eagle's lower beak and tongue are doubled. Top arrowhead and shaft doubled. Some long random polishing lines at lower left field. Strike doubling on tops of letters on some coins.
1. The 1878-P VAM-18 is an eight tailfeather variety. The 1878-P VAM-18, 1878-P VAM-19, and 1878-P VAM-20 all share the same obverse with dramatically doubled date. Each numeral is doubled to the right. LIB in LIBERTY are doubled to the left. Visit this page to see 1878-P VAM-19 vs VAM-20 On the reverse for the VAM-18, there is an extra berry on the top inside of the left wreath. OF is doubled down and to the right.
LVA Plate Photos:
Reverse of a VAM-18 specimen:
Date and stars. Remember, this obverse is shared with two other VAMs, so presence of this date/stars alone
does not necessarily mean VAM-18. You need both obverse and reverse to match. Fantastic doubling:
Stars are an absolute mess:
Here is the Reverse
In February 2014, Leroy reviewed a VAM 18 that had long random polishing lines in the lower left field. He did not believe the lines were concentrated as much as would need to be for him to make a new sub-variety. He did, however, revise the listing for the VAM 18 to add that some coins will show the polishing lines. CLM, 02/14
Full Coin Photos
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-18 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]© ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
VAM-18A Discovered in 2004 and may be included in VAM-18 totals.