1878-P VAM-17 Diagonal in 8

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.

17 II/I 5 - A1f (Doubled LIBERTY) (179) I-2 R-4
Obverse II/I 5– Slightly doubled LIBERTY shifted left. All stars on right and left doubled. Die chips in lower loop of first 8; first 8 doubled slightly at top outside and right outside of upper loop and top inside of lower loop. 7 doubled at top right and left side of upper serif.
Reverse A1f - Doubled lower and left wreath, all of legend, and stars. Three small feathers added on eagle's right and two on eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing. Eagle's right leg and right wing doubled on outside. Olive branch leaves are doubled on outside.

Comments: The 1878 VAM-17 is an 8 tailfeather coin with the A1f reverse. The VAM 17 is the most common 8 tail feather variety. Although VAM-12, VAM-16 and VAM-17 share the same A1f reverse, each uses an obverse unique to itself. To identify VAM-17, the die chip in the bottom loop of the first 8 is straightforward. There is also a long die scratch in front of the eye, which is not always visible in internet images. The best attribution is to note the large engraved feather next to the eagle's left leg (right side to the viewer) and the chip in the 8.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
1878-P-17-odet1.jpg
1878-P-17-odet2.jpg
1878-P-17-rdet1.jpg

Here are some additional views of the VAM 17 to help you avoid multiple, unfortunate purchases:
Some better views of the extra wing feathers:
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The large pointed feather is the key pick up point:
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1878P8tf-Reverse-Left_wing_extra_feathers.jpg

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-17 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
1878_RonH_VAM-17_OBV.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-17_REV.jpg

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-17 "High Resolution" Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
1878_RonH_VAM-17_OBV_PLATE.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-17_REV_PLATE.jpg
Another nice photo of Full Coins from Heritage can be found here here here several here




Price History:

1878-P VAM-17 PCGS MS64 $309.38 VAMquest1 2/06
1878-P VAM-17 PCGS MS62 $118.13 VAMquest 2/07
1878-P VAM-17 PCGS MS65 $1,121.25 W/BP Heritage Auction FUN Show 01/08/10
1878-P VAM-17 PCGS MS63 $171.50 eBay 10/17/10
1878-P VAM-17 PCGS MS64 $309.00 eBay 10/17/10


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
8 TF VAM-17
MS
94
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
1
0
0
1
3
17
44
41
12
0
0
0
0
0
10/2010
NGC
8 TF VAM-17
MS
167
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
1
0
2
0
9
25
57
50
4
1
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-17
MS
352
0
0
0
0
7
24
14
2
10
5
15
19
94
112
45
5
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-17
MSOD
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
5
6
8
1
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-17
MSOP
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
5
9
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010


Total
653
NGC Population for 1878-P VAM-17
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