1878-P VAM-166 Spiked P

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.

This coin is a Hit List 40 Morgan VAM. This coin is a Top 30 1878 Variety

166 II/I 29 - B2c (Spiked P) (193) I-2 R-4
Obverse II/I 29 B2c - Type II LIBERTY. Metal on E,P, U, and R of E PLURIBUS UNUM. All stars on left and first star on right doubled.

Comments:
1- It is reported that most of the attributed VAM-166 coins are not correctly attributed. The pups listed are correct as of June,10 2013.
Before buying any attributed slabbed coin, "Check the PUPs" before you buy it!
Metal on letters E PLUR in E PLURIBUS. Left stars doubled. Right stars 1, 2, 3, and 4 doubled. An elusive variety, a key VAM that's on every collector's want list, very rare in any grade.

LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
The left side of the P is solid and square. The right side is rounded. There is an angled bar on that right side that continues past the end of the lower right side. On higher grade specimens, one can see the bar clearly. Additionally the top right of the loop is doubled.
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The U has significantly doubled portions on the upper right outside. The lower left inside is also doubled..
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The O of GOD is closed and intact
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The bumps below the eye referenced in some VAM-166 descriptions can be misleading. Notice how this PCGS F15 example is not attributable using the features of the eye (see photo later on this page)

The S of STATES shows doubling.
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The 1 in the date is notched at the top right.
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Shallow spikes from front of eye under lid. Mottled appearance of eye socket.
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Short spike points down from right upright of U and partially broken foot on R in PLURIBUS
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Several roughly horizontal lines are found in the hair to the left of the juction of the lower two cotton leave.
Several vertical lines cross the lower end of the cap band
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Scratch from talon points at back of upper arrowhead
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A patch of horizontal lines on the #2 tailfeather
This is a later stage of the reverse used with VAM-187
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VAM-166 Images from the Bernard (Bernie) Linhart Collection on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Mike Faraone at PCGS
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1878_RonH_VAM-166_CleanedXFDdetails_REV_06242013.jpg
From Heritage's auction archives another here here here here


Price History:
PCGS XF40 VAM 166 $1,609.44 EBAY AUC. NOV/2010
PCGS VAM 166 $2,812.50 vamquest auc 08/2011


Condition Census:
7/2016
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
PCGS
VAM-166
MS
43
0
3
1
3
7
10
11
4
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-166
MS
13
0
0
0
1
1
1
4
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
SEGS
VAM-
MS
2
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ICG
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
VSS
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCI
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-166
MS
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total
59

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