1878 a1c identification

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1878 8 Tailfeather A1c reverse Attribution Guide

The A1c reverse: is shared among VAM-3, VAM-4, VAM-4A, VAM-5, VAM-14.6, VAM-14.6A, VAM-14.7, VAM-14.11, VAM-11A, VAM-14.12, VAM-14.14, VAM-14.17 and VAM-14.18
These are the common characteristics of the reverse:
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1878-P VAM-3
Extra metal under the eyelid and many parallel polising lines in front of the eye.
Robj 1878 vam3 guide l.jpg Robj 1878 vam3 guide o.jpg
Robj 1878 vam3 guide n.jpg
1878-P VAM-4
Die chip next to the denticles above the dot between PLURIBUS and UNUM.
1878-P VAM4chip.jpg
1878-P VAM-4A


1878-P VAM-5
On the obverse the "RIB" of E PLURIBUS is strongly doubled.
1878v5 obv.jpg
1878-P VAM-14.6
1878 8TF VAM 14 6 EarDot.jpgJPM 1878 8TF 14.6 Ear PCGS 63.jpg
1878-P VAM-14.6A
Radial die crack from rim through star into hair (later die state 14.6A only):
1878-P VAM-14-6 die crack obverse.jpg
1878-P VAM-14.7
Die Flake next to Ear
1878 8TF VAM 14 7 Flake On Ear.jpg
Radial die crack:
1878 8TF VAM 14 7 Crack by One.jpg
Die chip under the eye.
1878 8TF VAM 14 7 Eye Chip.jpg
The early die state shows the beginning of a radial die crack by E PLURIBUS from the rim.
1878 8TF VAM 14 7 Crack by E.jpg
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1878-P VAM-14.11
1878p vam14.11-2.jpg
1878-P VAM-14.11A
1878-P VAM-14.12
The obverse has several dots in front of the eye, and a thin sliver of metal under the eyelid, similiar to
VAM-3 but thinner:
1878 VAM 14 12 Eye Dots.JPG
Most 14.12 coins have radial die cracks, but an early die state is known without the cracks. The first crack to appear is the third star to the right of the date. This is followed by a second radial die crack between the 3rd and 4th stars to the left of the date.
1878 VAM 14 12 3rd Star Right crack.JPG
1878-P VAM-14.14
The 14.14 has a spike under the eye lid extending to the left. The key diagnostic point for this coin is a triangular shaped die chip below and to the left of eye.
1878p vam14 14 f.jpg
The date also has unique die cracks around the 78 in the date. The break below the 8 running radially toward the rim can become quite pronounced and thick.
1878p vam14 14 d.jpg
1878-P VAM-14.17
Die makers- die chip at top right inside of Liberty's ear. Dot of metal in front of Liberty's eye.
1878-P VAM-14.18
Obverse diagnostics: - Eye spike & Ribbon Bow crack:
1878 8TF VAM 14 18 Eye.jpg418px  align="right"
The later die state has extensive cracking through the date:
1878 8TF VAM 14 18 Date.jpg