1878-P VAM-15 Doubled Liberty

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Obverse discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.

15 II/I 1 A1e (Doubled LIBERTY) (180) I-3 R-4
Obverse II/I 1 - Second obverse design type, II, reimpressed over first type, I. Doubled LIBERTY with large shift to left. Doubled R in PLURIBUS. All left and right stars are doubled. First 8 and 7 doubled at top.

Comments: The 1878 VAM-15 is an 8 tailfeather coin with the A1e reverse. This reverse is characterized by unique tailfeathers next to the eagle's wings including a spiked feather on the right side that is often used as a diagnostic when paired with the two curved feathers on the left side(see photo below). Please note that this reverse is shared with the VAM-10, which is not a Top 100 variety. Thus, the obverse must also be examined for distinction.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
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Most notable about VAM-15 is the strongly doubled LIBERTY on the obverse. Also, significant raised metal inside the lower loop of the 8's and the tops of the digits are doubled.
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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-15 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg

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From Heritage's auction archives another here here


Price History:

1878-P VAM-15 ANACS MS62PL $646.88 3/07
1878-P VAM-15 PCGS MS62PL $995 Jan/22/07
1878-P VAM-15 PCGS MS62 $1300 9/09
1878-P VAM-15 PCGS MS63 $1450.00 eBay 09/18/11



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-15 TOP 100
MS
33
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
5
2
0
4
11
8
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
PCGS
8 TF VAM-15 TOP 100
MSPL
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
PCGS
8 TF VAM-15 TOP 100
MSDMPL
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
NGC
8 TF VAM-15 TOP 100
MS
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
2
7
5
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
NGC
8 TF VAM-15 TOP 100
MSPL
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
9
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
NGC
8 TF VAM-15 TOP 100
MSDPL
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-15 TOP 100
MS
25
0
1
0
1
0
4
4
0
3
7
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-15 TOP 100
MSCP
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-15 TOP 100
MSDM
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
3
8
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-15 TOP 100
MSOP
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-15 TOP 100
MSPL
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
1
2
6
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010


Total
149
*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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