1878-P VAM-4

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1878 VAM-4 Doubled Date

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Obverse discovered by Melvin Carmichael, August 1951.
4 I2 3 - A1c (Doubled Date) (189) I-3 R-4
Obverse I2 3- Shallow doubled lower obverse, including all of date, all left and right stars, E PLURIB and UNUM. The stars have a regular shift indicating a rotation of hub and die between blows.
Reverse A1C - Letters in UNITED doubled strongly on top and bottom. STATES OF AMERICA letters doubled at bottom. ONE DOLLAR letters doubled at top. Left wreath strongly doubled. Three small feathers added on eagle's right and two on eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing.
1. The VAM-4 is a common to scarce variety. The 1878 VAM-4 is an 8 tailfeather coin with the A1c reverse. This reverse is characterized by unique tail feathers next to the eagle's wings. UNITED STATES OF is also strongly doubled. A good marker for the A1c reverse is a blob of metal at the bottom of the F. The A1c reverse is shared by Vams 3, 4, 5, 14-6, 14-7, 14-11, 14-12, 14-14, 14-17, and 14-18. All but VAMs 3 & 4 are major rarities. More Photos of this variety - Close-ups - 2014
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LVA Plate Photos

Additional Photos

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The VAM-4 is defined by dramatic doubling on the date. The '7' in the date shows doubling on both sides of the vertical shaft.
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Die chip next to the denticles above the dot between PLURIBUS and UNUM.
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There is a die chip in the recessed area above the eyelid.
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Full Coin Photos

2 Sets of Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-4 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]ATTRIBUTED BYVariety Slabbing Service.jpg