1878-P VAM-14.6A Dot on Ear (displaced field breaks)

Discovery by Ash Harrison July 2013.

14-6 I26 - A1c (Dot on Ear, Die Break Star)(189) I-3 R-6
Obverse I2 6 - Slightly doubled first three right stars and first six left stars towards rim. E is doubled at bottom and U-UNU doubled at bottom inside towards rim. Both 8's are doubled slightly at top inside of both loops and 7 is doubled slightly on right side of vertical shaft. Ear is over polished with dot die break in middle of lower earlobe. Displaced radial die break near fourth right star.
Reverse A1C - Letters in UNITED doubled strongly on top and bottom. STATES OF AMERICA letters doubled at bottom. ONE DOLLAR letters doubled at top. Left wreath strongly doubled. Three small feathers added on eagle's right and two on eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing.

Comments:
1- Radial die crack from rim through star into hair (14.6A only):

Threads:

LVA Plate Photo:
cah-1878v14-6acrack.jpg

Additional photos:
Dot on ear (hard to see on worn examples):
1878_8TF_VAM_14_6_EarDot.jpgJPM 1878 8TF 14.6 Ear PCGS 63.jpg.jpg

Next are two photos of the reverse of an actual VAM-14.6 specimen. Remember that ten 8tf varieties share this reverse, so obverse must be matched as well to have a VAM-14.6.
1878-P_VAM-14-6_reverse.jpg1878-P_VAM-14-6_reverse2.jpg

Radial die crack from rim through star into hair (later die state 14.6A only):
1878-P_VAM-14-6_die_crack_obverse.jpg

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.6A Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
1878_RonH_VAM-14.6A_OBV_06232016.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-14.6A_REV_06232016.jpg


From Heritage's auction archives another here here here


Price History:
PCGS MS64PL $10,062.50 Heritage June 4, 2010
PCGS MS63 sold for $5,000 in July, 2005.
AU Cleaned example sold for $1,000 in July, 2006.


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-14.6
MS
13
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
0
1
0
0
2
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1/2012
PCGS
8 TF VAM-14.6
MSPL
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2011
PCGS
8 TF VAM-14.6
MSDMPL
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2011
NGC
8 TF VAM-14.6
MS
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.6
MS
5
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.6
MSDM
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.6
MSPL
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010


Total
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