1878-P VAM-21 Doubled B
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.
21 II/I 3 A2/A1d (Doubled B) (180) I-3 R-4
Obverse II/I 3 - Slightly doubled LIBERTY shifted left. Doubled P, U, R, and B in PLURIBUS and 1 and 2 stars on right. Nostril missing from overpolished die. First 8 doubled at top inside of upper loop and second 8 doubled bottom outside of lower loop.
Reverse A2/A1d - Doubled wreath, N of ONE tripled. L, A, and R of DOLLAR doubled, and bottom of UNITED doubled. Thin small feather added on eagle's right side between leg and bottom of wing. Eagle's lower beak slightly doubled on inside. Top arrow head and shaft doubled.
1. The 1878 VAM-21 is an 8 tailfeather coin with the A2/Axd reverse. The name of this variety refers to features on the obverse, which it shares with the 7/8 variety 1878-P VAM-43. However, its reverse is unique to this VAM, being primarily distinguished by a doubling down of the N in ONE and a pit or chip to the lower left of the O in ONE.
2. LDS is lightly clashed; here is the thread with photos of the clashing:
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-21 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACS