1878-P VAM-20 Doubled Date, Clashed Obverse n
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Revision January 2005 by Mark Kimpton
This coin is a Hot 50 Morgan VAM
20(revised) II/I 2 · A2/A1c (Doubled Date, Clashed Obverse n) (189) I-3 R-4
Obverse II/I 2– Clashed die as with VAM 18A with faint incuse n of In from reverse showing next to Liberty head neck.
Reverse A2/A1c– Doubled left lower wreath, olive branch leaves, arrow tips and bottom of eagle's wings. ON of ONE, lower parts of LLAR in DOLLAR, and U, N, and T of UNITED stongly doubled with most of other lettes faintly doubled. Thin small feather added on eagle's right side between leg and bottom of wing. Top arrow head and shaft doubled.
Same description as in VAM book.
1. Attribution note, please read: The VAM-20 shares the same obverse with the VAM-18 and VAM-19, which are common 8tf varieties. The reverse for the VAM-20 is similar to the reverse for the VAM-19, especially to an untrained eye, or a biased eye that badly wants their Morgan to be a VAM-20, which brings much higher premiums. You can even find slabs from reputable companies that incorrectly label a VAM-19 specimen as a VAM-20. The moral of the story....if you buy a so-called "VAM-20" make very certain that you're getting a VAM-20 and not a VAM-19, or VAM-18 for that matter. Check the reverse thoroughly! If you are having trouble telling the difference between the reverse for the 1878-P VAM-19 and the 1878-P VAM-20, try this page: 1878-P VAM-19 vs VAM-20.
2. VAM-20 is a scarce 8TF
LVA Plate Photos:
Strongly doubled date. The obverse dies were used in the order 1878-P VAM-18, 1878-P VAM-20, 1878-P VAM-19. VAM-20 is more rare than the other two VAMs that share the same obverse die.
Strongly doubled LIBERTY.
Doubling forms a split leaf on the upper left of the reverse wreath.
Strongly doubled LL of DOLLAR. Also, notice die cracks.
Reverse doubling over NE of ONE
The VAM-20 has a clash in front of the neck.
Full Coin Photos
2 Sets of Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-20 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS