1878-P VAM-30

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1878-P VAM-30 Extra Talons

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, April 1965.
Revised 2015
30 (revised) II/I 7 B/Aa (Extra Talons) (180) I-3 R-5
Obverse II/1 7 - Type II LIBERTY; doubled E, P, and R; doubled 187 in date with 1 doubled on left at shaft, 8 on top surface, and 7 on left of top serif; all stars on left and first three stars on right doubled. Area around nose and lips over polished. Fine diagonal polishing line through R in LIBERTY.
Reverse B/Aa - Underlying 8 tail feather design shifted left with four talons on left and right shifted left by width of one toe, extra toe at left of eagle's left foot, some remnants of 8 TF design feather left of both leg feathers, left side of upper TF and TF lines to left of eagle's right leg. Some remnants of 8 TF inner feather ends in middle of eagle's right wing.

1. NGC lists this variety with the 7/8 Tail feathers varieties. However, PCGS lists it with other Reverse of 1878 varieties. VAM-30 is easy to overlook.
2. The extra talon appears at the base of the left toe on the eagle's right (viewer's left) leg. On the obverse, E, P, and R are doubled. 187 is doubled in the date. All stars on the left and the first three stars on the right are doubled.


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The key identifier is a longnock reverse and the extra talon pictured below:
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There are interesting die gouges between the legs.
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There is strong die polish around the ribbon bow.
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The first 8 in the date has an interesting die chip.
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A die crack over the M in UNUM extends into the denticles and helps with identification.
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Another die crack can be seen between the E and P of E PLURIBUS
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The nose is polished open on this VAM.
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Obverse stars to the right of the date are doubled, and the 1st star to the right has a small die chip next to the right point.
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Full Coin Photos

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-30 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions