1878-P VAM-14.16

Discovered December 1997 by Jeff Oxman

This coin is a Hot 50 Morgan VAM.

14-16 I1 15 · A1n (Doubled Profile and Tripled Date) ( ? ) I-3 R-7
Obverse I1 15 – Liberty head profile strongly doubled from forehead to neck. Tripled date with 1 doubled below upper crossbar, first 8 doubled at top inside of both loops and left and right bottom outside of upper loop. 7 doubled below crossbar. Second 8 doubled at top inside and lower left outside of upper loop and bottom outside of lower loop. All left stars doubled towards rim. First two stars on right quadrupled and remainder tripled and doubled towards rim. Two faint short spikes just below eyelid front.
Reverse A1n - All legend letters and wreath leaves doubled towards rim. Bottom of eagle's right wing doubled. Two small isolated feathers added on eagle's right and two on eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing.

Comments: This reverse is shared by VAM 14.9, VAM 14.13, and 14.16. This variety is ultra rare. The date is tripled, though only doubling is likely discernible on most examples.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
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The forehead is doubled and Liberty has an alligator eye.
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The doubling continues down to the chin.
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The ear is very overpolished.
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Obverse motto doubling may be visible on higher grade specimens.
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Though not needed, there are attribution locks in LIBERTY and in the cotton bolls.
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The A1n reverse characteristic engraved feathers.
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Reverse legend doubling also is noteworthy as well as the thorn PUP in the lower armpit of the N of UNITED, a key characteristic of the A1n.
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The is a dot under the left armpit of the T in TATES and there are polishing markers above ATE that might help later confirm the order of production of the A1n reverse pairings.
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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.16 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage AuctionsATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler

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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.16 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Bowers & Merena AuctionsATTRIBUTED BYVariety_Slabbing_Service.jpg
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Price History:

1878-P VAM-14.16 PCGS MS62 PL $2585 Heritage 1/5/2017
1878-P VAM-14.16 PCGS MS61 PL $2232.50 Heritage 1/8/2016
1878-P VAM-14.16 ANACS MS61 PL $3680 TT 12/2010

1878-P VAM-14.16 PCGS MS63 $7343.75 Heritage 12/5/2013
1878-P VAM-14.16 NGC MS62 $3263 VQ 5/2009

1878-P VAM-14.16 PCGS AU 53 $ 2990.00 w/BP Teletrade 02/10/08
1878-P VAM-14.16 PCGS XF40 $1897.50 w/BP Teletrade 01/11/09

1878-P VAM-14.16 PCGS UNC DETAILS $1997.50 Heritage 9/29/2013
1878-P VAM-14.16 PCGS AU DETAILS $493.50 Heritage 9/20/2015
1878-P VAM-14.16 PCGS AU50 DETAILS $634.50 Heritage 7/14/2013
1878-P VAM-14.16 PCGS AU50 DETAILS $411.25 Heritage 4/28/2013
1878-P VAM-14.16 PCGS VF20 DETAILS $282 Heritage 7/14/2013

Condition Census:

1/2017
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
8 TF VAM-14.16
MS
26
0
0
0
0
6
4
8
3
3
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
8 TF VAM-14.16
MSPL
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
8 TF VAM-14.16
MSDMPL
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
8 TF VAM-14.16
MS
7
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
8 TF VAM-14.16
MSPL
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
8 TF VAM-14.16
MSDPL
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.16 HOT 50
MS
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.16 HOT 50
MSDM
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.16 HOT 50
MSPL
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total
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