1878-P VAM-21

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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:

1. http://www.vamworld.wikispaces.com/share/view/65472546

LVA Plate Photos:

Additional Photos:

Doubled P and B
Doubled U and R
Doubled B
Doubled first and second star on right
1878 P RKA 21 2ndrtstar.jpg
Slightly doubled LIBERTY shifted left
Die scratch across left side of Y
Doubled P and U


1878 P RKA 21 RTwing.jpg
Base of IT is doubled. Berry is strongly doubled.
Die chip below O. Doubled Base of N.

1878 P RKA 21 ON.jpg

Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-21 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS LOGO3.jpg

1878 RonH VAM-21 REV COIN 10032014.jpg
1878 RonH VAM-21 OBV COIN 10032014.jpg
From Heritage's auction archives another [here] [here ] [here] [here] [here]
[NGC Population for 1878-P VAM-21]
[NGC Population for 1878-P VAM-21 PL]
[NGC Population for 1878-P VAM-21 DPL]