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1878-P VAM-131 Normal
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Revised August 2008.
) II2 - B2a (Normal) (179, 180, 194) I-1 R-2
Normal type II obverse with broken point off number 4 right star and slight doubling on right side of 7(hub effect).
Feathers weakly struck in middle of eagle's left wing and next to eagle's right leg on some specimens.
Multiple dies exist. Die 1 - Polishing outlines at top of LLAR.
Business strike Die 1 obverse & reverse are different than the PROOF only die combination. PROOF only die does NOT have X polish line nor the dot below the earlobe. PROOF die has thin line below eyelid and has extra metal at the top right serif of the E in the motto.
PROOF only die also outlines at the top of LLAR as do several of the B2 reverse dollars. There is a die chip on the middle left side of the D in UNITED on the PROOF die and the feather next to the eagle's right leg (left as you look at the coin) is full and sharp.
Some show die chip in hair below LIBERTY, or diagonal die scratch through B or through RT in LIBERTY. Original 131 description; these amplifiers actually to VAMs 131A, 131B & 131C. Some specimens have small spike above eyelid front. Die 1 - X polishing lines at left of top cotton leaf and small raise dot below ear lobe.
LVA Plate Photo:
Die 1 (Business strike)
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PROOF Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy
Comment from Mr. Roberts, "T
he proof dies are different than any of the business strikes including the Die 1 listing".
High Resolution Photos of the Same Coin.
VAM 131 Die 1 PCGS AU-58; sold for $72.99 in June 2009.
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