1878-P VAM-31 Lines Through Leg
Discovered by Bob Yauger, November 1964.
31 II/I 8 B/Ab (Lines Through Leg) (177) I-5 R-4
Obverse II/I 8 - Type II LIBERTY; doubled P on left and tripled S at top right; partially broken bottom serifs of N and M in UNUM. Doubled 2, 3, 6, and 7 stars on left and 1, 3, 4, and 5th stars on right. 1 and 7 in date doubled at top right.
Reverse B/Ab - Extra set of legs and talons on the right; design remains in leaves of branch and above branch on right; polishing scratches across arrow feathers and eagle's right talon, and also across bow in wreath. Possible faint tail feathers between 1 and 2TF. Die chips around R in TRUST.
1. The VAM-31 is considered part of the 7/8 tail feather set, as a 7/0 reverse type. Although no tail feathers show, there is extensive doubling and die polishing around the eagles legs, conclusive evidence of the conversion from an 8TF reverse die.
2. One of six known obverses with a Broken N and M of UNUM, the others being 1878-P VAM-40, 1878-P VAM-110, 1878-P VAM-145, 1878-P VAM-162, and 1878-P VAM-200. The VAM-31 is recognized by PCGS.
LVA Plate Photos:
Obverse - Broken N & M:
Reverse - Die polishing on left side and Doubled Legs. Metal over the branch:
Die chip on ear.
Doubled 1 and 7 in date. Look for notched top right side.
3rd and 4th right stars show strong doubling.
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-31 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS
PCGS MS 65, PCGS MS 62, NGC MS64DMPL, NGC MS 64