1878-P VAM-36 7/8 Tailfeather 7 over 4 Tailfeathers
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Reverse discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.
36 II1 - B/Ag (4TF) (179) I-4 R-4
Obverse II2- Star 4 right is intact. 7 in date doubled slightly on right side. Normal type II obverse with no die breaks.
Reverse B/Ag- Four tail feathers showing; between 2 and 3 TF and under 3, 4, and 5 TF. Design remains in leaves of branch, below branch on left, and around wreath bow. Die chips around D, W, E, and U of IN GOD WE TRUST.
1. The 1878-P VAM-36 is one of the more common 7 over 8 tailfeather varieties. It often comes with DMPL surfaces.
LVA Plate Photos:
Some of the key identification features are 4 tailfeather tips showing, the lines under the olive branch and the two spikes emerging from under the arrow feathers. Note that VAM-36 shares the same reverse die as 1878-P VAM-37 so if your coin matches these features, be sure to check the obverse characteristics.
One of the quickest ways to identify VAM-36 and 37 reverses is to look for these marks under the arrow feathers.
The remains under the olive branch are also unique to VAM-36 and 37.
The wreath leaves are doubled to the point that a split can be seen at the top. Some collectors use the sides and insides of the bow to identify 7/8 TF reverses.
The die scratch line under the 2nd right star is indicative of a VAM-36.
A die chip is present on the cheek in front of the ear for VAM-36.
The eye has chips under the eyelid and polish lines at the base.
On the obverse there is a die polish line in the R of LIBERTY and a chip in the base of the T unique to VAM-36
Full Coin Photos
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-36 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS
PCI MS65, PCGS MS65, PCGS MS64DMPL(4), PCGS MS64PL(2)
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