1878-P VAM-141 Tripled Star, Open O in GOD

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM, This coin is a Top 30 1878 Variety

141(revised 2007) II/I 19-B2i (Triple Star) (194) I-5 R-4
Obverse II/I 19- Doubled LIBERTY shifted right. Doubled E, P, and R in E PLURIBUS. Doubled 2, 3, and 4 stars on left and doubled 1-5 stars on right (number 2 is tripled and is one of the best examples of a tripled star). Incomplete band in cap. Front eye doubled and front eyelid tripled. Doubled mouth, upper chin and right inside of ear. Tops of cotton leaves doubled. P in PLURIBUS strongly doubled. 1 in date is doubled on left side of stem. First 8 doubled at top inside of upper loop and bottom inside of lower loop. Second 8 doubled at bottom outside of lower loop. Key identifier- Alligator eye. Obverse also used for 1878-P VAM-117
Reverse B2i- Feather with three vertical bars and fine lines on them engraved between eagle's right wing and leg. Open o in God.

Comments:
1- On this variety second star to the right of the date is spectacularly tripled. The underlying star can be seen rotated clockwise several degrees. 2- 2- The VAM-141 has the top of the O in GOD broken open on the reverse, unlike VAM-117 which has a complete O.
3- Although the Top 100 book claims they are both equally available and valuable, time has proven the VAM-117 to be much more elusive and worth an even bigger premium. If you are buying a VAM-117, check it closely as some coins slabbed VAM-117 actually have a broken O that can only be seen by close inspection an tilting the coin under good light.

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LVA Plate Photo:
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Additional photos:
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Dbld LIBERTY and upper cotton leaves
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Fish Eye and Dbld P

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2 Sets Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-141 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions© ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
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From Heritage's auction archives another here here here here here PL here



Price History:
1878-P VAM-141 PCGS MS62 $149.16 eBay Feb-04-2007

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
ANACS
7 TF VAM-141 TOP 100
MS
211
0
0
1
1
9
15
15
3
19
14
11
10
45
54
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
6/2010
ANACS
7 TF VAM-141 TOP 100
MSDM
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
6/2010
ANACS
7 TF VAM-141 TOP 100
MSPL
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
6/2010
ANACS
7 TF VAM-141 TOP 100
MSPL
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
4
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
6/2010
ANACS
7 TF VAM-141A TOP 100
MS
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
3
1
1
6
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6/2010
PCGS
7 TF VAM-141 TOP 100
MS
57










0
3
23
19
10
2
0
0
0
0
0
3/2010
PCGS
7 TF VAM-141 TOP 100
MSPL
5










0
0
0
3
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
3/2010
PCGS
7 TF VAM-141 TOP 100
MSDPL
2










0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3/2010
NGC
7 TF VAM-141 TOP 100
MS
74
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
3
2
13
12
21
14
3
1
0
0
0
0
6/2010
NGC
7 TF VAM-141 TOP 100
MSPL
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
3
3
1
0
0
0
0
6/2010
NGC
7 TF VAM-141 TOP 100
MSDPL
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6/2010


Total
394
*The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys Copyright 2009 RCI. With permission from the authors Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., http://www.rcicoins.com, and Jeff Oxman, http://www.vamlink.com
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