1878-P VAM-33A 7/8 Tailfeather 7/4 variety
Discovered February 2004 by Mark Kimpton. Revision March 2004 by Mark Kimpton
33A(revised) II/I 7 · B/Ad (4TF, Clashed Obverse n, Reverse M) (180) I-3 R-6
Obverse II/I 7– Clashed die with faint partial incuse n of In from reverse showing next to Liberty head neck.
Reverse B/Ad– Polished down die of VAM 44A with faint partial raised designer’s initial M from obverse showing above d in God.
1. VAM-33A is a 7/8 tailfeather variety that shows four faint tailfeathers emerging below the strong 7 feathers. It is a clashed version of VAM-33
LVA Plate Photos:
The obverse face is very clashed. Notice the polished open nostril of VAM-33A. This clashed die with a faint partial incuse n of In from reverse showing next to Liberty's neck.
A clash can also be seen emerging from the neck with a faint partial incuse n of In (n not shown well here).
This is the coin's ear:
The main feature of the reverse is that it has tremendously doubled legs. This doubled leg reverse die is shared between VAM-33 and the ultra-rare VAM-44 (VAM-32 and VAM-31 also have different doubled leg reverses). Another attribution feature of VAM-33/44 is looking at the underside of the olive branch to the left of the eagle and above the arrow feathers for the rounded mound characteristic of this die. This is also the polished down die of VAM 44A with faint partial raised designer’s initial M from obverse showing above d in God.
The VAM-33 obverse has no doubling in the cotton bolls (unlike VAM-44 which is doubled). Pictured below is the obverse without doubling.
VAM-33A has doubled stars to the right of the date.
Full Coin Photos
2 Sets of Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-33A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS
PCGS recorded in SSDC