1878-P VAM-115 Tripled Blossoms

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM and This coin is a Top 30 1878 Variety

115 II/1 17 - B2a (Doubled Date) (194) I-3 R-6
Obverse II/I 17 -Doubled IBERTY in LIBERTY with left shift. Doubled NUM in UNUM and doubled date. All stars doubled.
Tripled right edges of cotton bolls,same obverse as 1878-P VAM-198

Comments:
1- VAM-115 has many doubled obverse features. The lock-in feature is the tripled obverse blossoms in Liberty's hair above her ear. The date is also doubled to the lower left along with the 1 and 7 below their crossbar. Many stars are also doubled, especially the first two to the right of the date. Tripled blossom 1878 coins are all rare. The "King of VAMs", VAM-44 is a 7/8 tailfeather coin, this VAM-115 has a short nock in the center of the arrow feathers. This VAM is tough to find and a great find in conditions above XF.

Threads:

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
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VAM-115 has triangular hub defect between the upper arrow feather and the olive branch.
RonH_VAM-115_REV-crop.jpg
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Look for metal inside the lower loops of the 8's. Since it's a protected area, it's visible on low grade coins:
1878_7TF_VAM-115_metal_in_8_circled.jpg

Lump in the T of Liberty.
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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-115 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg

1878_RonH_VAM-115_OBV.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-115_REV.jpg

From Heritage's Archives another example here here here here here


Price History:

1878-P VAM-115 PCGS XF45 $96.51 eBay 11/22/10
1878 Vam 115 PCGS 63+


Condition Census:

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
ANACS
7 TF VAM-115 TOP 100
MS
173
0
0
2
2
18
81
28
7
19
6
3
3
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6/2010
ANACS
7 TF VAM-115 TOP 100
MSPL
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6/2010
NGC
7 TF VAM-115 TOP 100
MS
36
0
0
0
0
4
14
1
4
2
6
1
1
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
6/2010


TOTAL
210
*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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