1878-P VAM 14.5 Spiked "A" with Open Nostril

Discovered by Steve Sabella, June 1979.

This coin is a Hot 50 Morgan VAM.

14.5 I210 A1d (Spiked A) (189) I-2 R-4
Obverse I110 - Slightly doubled motto letters R-US, UNU, all left stars on left side, and all right stars toward rim. All digits in date doubled with 1 doubled at top of lower crossbar; both 8's doubled at lower inside of lower loop, and 7 doubled on left side of vertical stem. Die overpolished with weak nostril and lower hairlines.
Reverse A1d - Die scratch causing spikes at sides of A in STATES.

Comments:
Very rare, with only one BU coin known (an NGC 60). Can be confused with VAM-7. This is an eight tailfeather variety. This variety shares the reverse A1D with VAM-6, VAM-7, VAM-14.5, VAM-14.8, and VAM-14.19. VAMs 6 and 7 are relatively common, but the other three are major rarities.
Reverse: A1d reverse with the die gouge through 'A' of 'STATES'. The more common VAM-7 also has the die gouge.
Obverse: E is doubled to the right. '8''s in the date have "sloping" shoulders look. Nose polished open, however some VAM-7 coins also have extensive polishing here and this is not a sure-fire diagnostic.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
A1D Reverse
1878_8TF_A1D_Reverse.jpg

Spiked A on reverse from a VAM-14.5 specimen:
1878-P_VAM-14-5_spiked_A.jpg
1878_P_VAM14-5_JL3TIERPHOTOS.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.5 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BYVariety_Slabbing_Service.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-14.5_OBV_01282013.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-14.5_REV_01282013.jpg
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.5 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
1878_RonH_VAM-14.5_OBV_XF45_12132012.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-14.5_REV_XF45_12132012.jpg



Price History:
1878-P VAM-14.5 ANACS AU50 VAMquest $759.38 1/07


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
Date
PCGS
8 TF VAM-14.5 HOT 50
MS
35
0
0
0
2
7
16
3
4
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
NGC
8 TF VAM-14.5 HOT 50
MS
13
0
0
0
0
5
3
1
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.5 HOT 50
MS
37
0
0
0
0
8
15
8
3
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.5 HOT 50
MS
19
0
0
0
1
3
7
6
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.5 HOT 50
MSOP
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010


Total
106

PCGS Pop report 4/1/08
VG
F
VF
40
45
50
53
55
58
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
Total
0
1
4
2
8
3
4
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
25
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