1878-P VAM-14.8 Spiked Eye

Discovered by Steve Contursi, October 1980.

14.8 I18 A1d (Doubled Eyelid) (189) I-2 Proof
Obverse I18 - Slightly doubled top of P in PLURIBUS. Eyelid doubled in front of eye about one third own from top. All left and right stars quadrupled towards rim. Entire date doubled with 1 doubled below upper crossbar, both 8s at top inside and lower left outside of upper loop and 7 below upper crossbar and right side of vertical shaft.

Comments:
1- The 1878-P VAM-14.8 is one of the ultra rare 8TF coins. VAM-14.8 was struck as a proof and the dies were reused as a business strike. Because of rarity, the business strike typically sells for higher premiums than the proof. The recent 8TF census has shown the business strike VAM-14.8 is rarer than VAM-14.15. It has an A1d reverse, which it shares with VAMs 6, 7, 14-5, 14-8, and 14-19. VAMs 6 and 7 are relatively common, but the other three are major rarities.

No LVA Plae Photo:

Additional photos:
The picture below shows the tailfeathers of this reverse.
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The 14.8 A1d reverse shared by 1878-P VAM-6, 1878-P VAM-7, 1878-P VAM-14.5, and 1878-P VAM-14.19.

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VAM-6, VAM-14.8 and VAM-14.19 do not have a gouge through the A in STATES. VAM-7 and VAM-14.5 have a gouge. Pictured here is a 14.19 without the gouge.
.1878p_vam14_19_f.jpg1878_P_VAM14_8MHIOBV3.jpg

The best obverse feature to look for on the 14.8 is a huge eye spike.
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The insides of the first 8 in the date show strong polishing.
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Notice the die chip in the corner of the L
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There are other die chips in the cap near the cotton leaf.
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.8 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage AuctionsATTRIBUTED BYVariety_Slabbing_Service.jpg

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1878_RonH_VAM-14.8_REV_1a.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.8 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions

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Proof Coin with Toning, the next four photos are all same coin
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-14.8 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage AuctionsATTRIBUTED BY NGC
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Price History:

PCGS MS62, Sold for $2500 in 2007
PCGS AU58, Sold for $1750 in 2007
PCGS AU58, Sold for $1800 ebay BIN store item 9/2009
PCGS MS62, Sold for $1557.55 eBay 11/13/10


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
PCGS
8 TF VAM-14.8
8 TF VAM-14.8
PF
MS
1
15
0
2
0
0
1
3
2
1
0
3
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
PCGS
8 TF VAM-14.8
MSPL
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
PCGS
8 TF VAM-14.8
MSDMPL
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
NGC
8 TF VAM-14.8
MS
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.8
MS
20
0
2
0
1
0
6
6
2
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.8
MSDM
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-14.8
MSPL
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
PROOF 8 TF VAM-14.8
PR
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010


Total
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