1878-CC VAM-18 Doubled Obverse

Discovered by Guy Messing, June 1973.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.

18 II4 - B1c (Doubled Reverse) I-3 R-4
Obverse II4 - Doubled ear and cotton blossom leaves on the right edges, date, all stars on right and left on bottom edge.
Reverse B1c Normal die of type B1 with widely spaced mint marks, I CC, at medium height. Die chips show in the center of both CC's.

Comments:
1- 1878-CC VAM-6 and and 1878-CC VAM-18 share the same obverse. Cotton Blossoms and leaves are doubled to the right. CC mint mark away from wreath for VAM-18. On the 1878-CC VAM-6, the CC mintmark almost touches the wreath. VAM-18 is much tougher to locate than the VAM-6.

Threads:

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
Note that 1878-CC VAM-24 also has doubled leaves. This obverse die may also be distinguished from the VAM-24 by the horizontal die gouge to the right of the lower cotton boll, which is not present on the VAM-24.
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The VAM 18 shares its reverse with VAMs 4 and 2B. It is the intermediate stage.
The CC mintmark is close, level and clear of the wreath
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Below is a diagram showing the mint mark placements between the 1878-CC VAM-6 and 1878-CC VAM-18
rj1878ccvam6_18.jpg

Some secondary diagnostics on the reverse are the tiny die scratches from the back corner of the upper arrowhead and above the outer talon. Additionally, there is a little extra metal next to the leg feathers.
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The reverse may be further identified by the pattern of die polish in the gap between the eagle's neck and wing and several small lumps on the wing to the right of the gap.
78cc_v18_wing_gap_small.jpg
1878cc_vam18_arrow.jpg

From Keefer, Large Full Coin VAM-18 Images photographed and ATTRIBUTED BY John Baumgart @Variety_Slabbing_Service.jpg


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Price History:

1878-CC VAM-18 PCGS MS60 $1468.74 VAMquest LOT 27012 9/2009
1878-CC VAM-18 ANACS XF45 $138 HA 3/2008
1878-CC VAM-18 ANACS XF45 $247.50 VAMquest 12/2006
1878-CC Vam-18 PCGS MS61 PL (GSA)

Condition Census:

10/2013
TPG
Variety
Designation
Total
1-3
4-6
8-10
12-15
20-35
40-45
50
53
55
58
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
PCGS
VAM-18
MS
26
0
0
0
0
0
8
5
3
3
4
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-18
MSPL
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-18
MS
34
0
0
0
1
1
1
12
6
5
7
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-18
MSPL
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-18
MS
12
0
0
0
2
1
0
1
1
4
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-18
MSPL
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ICG
VAM-18
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCI
VAM-18
MS
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SEGS
VAM-18
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
VSS
VAM-18
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
*The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys Copyright 2009 RCI. With permission from the authors Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., http://www.rcicoins.com, and Jeff Oxman, http://www.vamlink.com

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