1878-P VAM-18 Doubled Date

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Obverse discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.
Revised 2014

18 (revised) II/I 2 A2/A1a (Doubled Date) ( 176) I-4 R-5
Obverse II/I 2 - Doubled LIBERTY shifted up and left. Doubled E, P, L, U, R, S, and M in motto with large shift in date and all stars on right. All left stars tripled.
Reverse A2/A1a - Second 8 TF design type, A2, with hooked beak and I of IN away from top of eagle's right wing reimpressed over first 8 TF design type, A1. Doubled inside of wreath, NE of ONE ad AR of DOLLAR. Two extra small feathers added on eagle's right and partial one left side between leg and bottom of wing, Top of left wreath over polished so that tip of leaf appears to be an extra berry on the left side but shadow of leaf remains on field of coin. (See page 149 of VAM book). Eagle's lower beak and tongue are doubled. Top arrow head and shaft doubled. Some long random polishing lines at lower left field. Strike doubling on tops of letters on some coins.

Comments: The 1878-P VAM-18 is an eight tailfeather variety. The 1878-P VAM-18, 1878-P VAM-19, and 1878-P VAM-20 all share the same obverse with dramatically doubled date. Each numeral is doubled to the right. LIB in LIBERTY are doubled to the left. Visit this page to see 1878-P VAM-19 vs VAM-20 On the reverse for the VAM-18, there is an extra berry on the top inside of the left wreath. OF is doubled down and to the right.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
Reverse of a VAM-18 specimen:
1878-P_VAM_18_reverse.jpg

Date and stars. Remember, this obverse is shared with two other VAMs, so presence of this date/stars alone
does not necessarily mean VAM-18. You need both obverse and reverse to match. Fantastic doubling:
1878-P_VAM_18_date.jpg
Stars are an absolute mess:
1878-P_VAM_18_stars.jpg

Here is the Reverse
1878_P_V18_LJS_COMP6.jpg

In February 2014, Leroy reviewed a VAM 18 that had long random polishing lines in the lower left field. He did not believe the lines were concentrated as much as would need to be for him to make a new sub-variety. He did, however, revise the listing for the VAM 18 to add that some coins will show the polishing lines. CLM, 02/14
1878 VAM 18 Photo 1.jpg

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-18 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions© ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
1878_RonH_VAM-18_OBV_4.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-18_REV_4.jpg
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-18 High Resolution "PLATE" Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions© ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
1878_RonH_VAM-18_OBV_PLATE.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-18_REV_PLATE.jpg
From Heritage's auction archives another here the polishing lines




Price History:

1878-P VAM-18 NGC MS64 attributed $351.99 eBay 2/09
1878-P VAM-18 NGC MS63 $129.38 VAMquest 2/07
1878-P VAM-18 PCGS MS63 $140.63 VAMquest 12/06
1878-P VAM-18 PCGS MS64+ $920.00 W/BP Heritage 12/05/2010
1878-P VAM-19 PCGS MS65 $2012.50 W/BP Heritage ANA 03/18/11


Condition Census:

VAM-18A Discovered in 2004 and may be included in VAM-18 totals.
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-18
MS
79
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
2
0
5
14
31
18
7
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
NGC
8 TF VAM-18
MS
140
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
2
3
10
31
56
32
2
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-18
MS
272
0
0
0
0
0
7
8
1
9
9
12
18
76
94
37
1
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-18A
MS
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010


Total
497
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