1878-P VAM-81

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1878-P VAM-81 Polished Ear

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.
81 II/I 7 B1c (Spiked P) (180) I-2 R-4
Obverse II/I 7 - Type II Liberty with thick letters. Doubled E, P and R in PLURIBUS. Doubled 187 in date with 1 doubled on left of shaft, 8 on top surface and 7 on left of top serif. All left stars and first three right doubled. Area around nose and lips over-polished. Fine diagonal polishing line through R in LIBERTY.
Key Identifier - Lines in cap ribbon.
Reverse B1c- Die over polished with last three leaves disconnected from olive branch and blank spots in middle of both of eagle's wings. Die chip on eagle's right wing in middle next to body. (Also VAM-82)

Comments:
1. The Top inside of Liberty's ear has been polished down to the point that little of the inside design remains.
2. The first two stars to the right of the date are notched.
3. There is a clash mark at the top of the left wreath on the Reverse
4. The top 3 leaves of the olive branch are disconnected.
5. It has been noticed that on all VAM-81s, the reverse has the clashed lip from the obverse next to the left wreath. (this feature is not found on the VAM-82 shared reverse)
6. The progression of this obverse die is VAM 81, 33, then 30. VAM 30A is the terminal stage of this die of course.

Threads:

LVA Plate Photos:

1878-P VAM-81 PLATE 1 DBLD LEFT STARS 12 OCT 2010.jpg 1878-P VAM-81 PLATE 3 DBLD DATE 12 OCT 2010.jpg
1878-P VAM-81 PLATE 8 SPIKED P 12 OCT 2010.jpg 1878-P VAM-81 PLATE 2 LINES IN RIBBON 12 OCT 2010.jpg
1878-P VAM-81 PLATE 3 CHIPS WING 12 OCT 2010.jpg

Additional Photos:

Die over-polished with last three leaves disconnected from olive branch. Below right, B1c reverse.
1878-P VAM-81 WING NOCK LEAF 14 OCT 2010 SWH 030.JPG
Doubled 187 in date with 1 doubled on left of shaft, 8 on top surface and 7 on left of top serif.
1878-P VAM-81 DATE 1878 14 OCT 2010 SWH 009.JPG

1878-P VAM-81 DBLD E 14 OCT 2010 SWH 005.JPG
Doubled E, P and R in PLURIBUS.
1878-P VAM-81 DBLD P 14 OCT 2010 SWH 006.JPG
Doubled E, P and R in PLURIBUS.
1878-P VAM-81 DBLD R 14 OCT 2010 SWH 007.JPG
Below left, 1 and 2 left stars---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------. Below right, 1-3 right stars.
1878-P VAM-81 LEFT STARS 1-2 14 OCT 2010 SWH 015.JPG1878-P VAM-81 RIGHT STARS 1-3 14 OCT 2010 SWH 013.JPG
Die chips on eagle's right wing in middle next to body.
1878-P VAM-81 DIE CHIP LOWER 14 OCT 2010 SWH 038.JPG 1878-P VAM-81 UPPER DIE CHIP 14 OCT 2010 SWH 027.JPG
The photo below shows the clash from Liberty's lips and is a pick up point for the VAM-81 B-1 reverse, as it is the only B1 reverse with this feature and Normally the clashed lips would never be used as a P.U.P. as it is common on all Morgans. However, it is on all VAM-81's and helps to distinquish VAM-81 from VAM-82.
Bryan VAM-81 reverse clash PUP 29 December 2010.jpg
Key Identifier - Lines in cap ribbon.
1878-P VAM-81 LINE S IN RIBBON 14 OCT 2010 SWH 008.JPG

NESVT20090605 1878P 81 1.JPG NESVT20090605 1878P 81 2.JPG

NESVT20090605 1878P 81 3.JPG NESVT20090605 1878P 81 4.JPG

NESVT20090605 1878P 81 5.JPG NESVT20090605 1878P 81 6.JPG

NESVT20090605 1878P 81 7.JPG NESVT20090605 1878P 81 8.JPG

NESVT20090605 1878P 81 9.JPG NESVT20090605 1878P 81 10.JPG

NESVT20090605 1878P 81 11.JPG

Full Coin Photos

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-81 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions] ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler

[NGC Population for 1878-P VAM-81 MS]
[NGC Population for 1878-P VAM-81 MSPL]
[NGC Population for 1878-P VAM-81 MSDPL]
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