1878-P VAM-37 7/8 Tailfeather 7/4 variety
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, April 1965. Revised 2010.
37 II2 - B/Ag (4TF) (179) I-4 R-4
Obverse II2- Broken point on star 4 right. 7 in date doubled slightly on right side. E and P have bulges at top right and B is doubled at right inside and bottom outside of lower loop.
Die marker - Single diagonal polishing line in lower right hair vee.
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. VAM-37 is a strong 7/8 tailfeather variety that shows 4 of the 8 tailfeathers form the original A reverse. The reverse is shared with 1878-P VAM-36
LVA Plate Photos:
The quick identifier for VAM-36 and VAM-37 is the two spikes emerging from the bottom of the arrow feathers.
so check the obverse markers if your reverse matches this image.
The reverse is doubled and separation can be seen at the tips of the leaves in the wreath.
There is a die polish line in the B of LIBERTY that can be used to tell a VAM-37 from a 1878-P VAM-36
Some coins show a die crack on the obverse
4th right star is broken (don't use this as a confirmation as many other VAMs have the same broken star. If it is NOT broken, its not a VAM-37)
Full Coin Photos
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-37 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler