1878-P VAM-200 Broken N and M, Doubled Reverse Legend Letters
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Reverse discovered by Neil Shaffer, November 1964. Revision December 1999 by Leroy Van Allen. Another revision September 2006 by Leroy Van Allen.
200(revised) II/I 39 • C1a (Broken N and M, Doubled Reverse Legend Letters) (179, 194) I-4 R-6
Obverse II/I 39– Serifs of N and M in UNUM broken similar to II/I 25. Type II LIBERTY. First six stars on left and first three stars on right doubled. 1 doubled at top right as a notch. Slightly doubled E P-U-S at top right and first U in UNUM at top and lower right.
Key Identifier - Broken N & M.
Reverse C1a – Left serif of A in AMERICA almost touches eagle’s wing, with bottom of letter serifs slanting down and to left. Inner side of right serif of A is cut off square. Slanted arrow feather at top. Bottom inside feather of eagle’s right wing next to leg is rounded and not connected to wing on left. Leaves of right wreath doubled on outside, lower inside of legend letters doubled towards rim and tops of In God We Trust letters doubled. Die chip on D in UNITED.
Die marker– Small die chip on inside end of fourth outside feather from bottom of eagle’s left wing.
1. First listed VAM with the C reverse (Reverse of 1879). One of six known obverses with a Broken N and M of UNUM, the others being VAM-31, VAM-40, VAM-110, VAM-145, and VAM-162.
2. LDS is fairly heavily 2-sided clash, but there is no letter transfer; hence, not a listable sub-variety. The clashed LDS coin is available, although less common than the non-clashed version.
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2 Sets of Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-200 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]© ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler