1878-P VAM-220 Tripled R, Shifted Liberty Head Back, Doubled Left Reverse

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.

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

220(revised) II/I 34 · C3b (Tripled R, Shifted Liberty Head Back, Doubled Left Reverse) (176) I-5 R-7
Obverse II/1 34- Doubled LIBERTY with no shift. Doubled P and U, tripled R in PLURIBUS. Doubled 1 and 3 stars on left and 1, 3, and 4 stars on right.
Reverse C3b– Left serif of A is cut down so it is not flat on top and away from wing. Bottom of serif is not slanting. Bottom feather of eagle’s right wing is squared off and raised. Hub doubling of UNITED STATES bottom inside with left inside strong on U of UNITED, I of In at top, top right edge of eagle’s right wing, and left edge of some leaves in left wreath. This is normal reverse design, except for hub doubling, used for most of the Morgan silver dollars series which also appears on some 1879 O and S dies.

Comments: The VAM-220 coin has a dramatically tripled R in PLURIBUS which can be seen looking like an upside down set of stairs on the lower left of the R. Additionally, the P in PLURIBUS is significantly shifted and the Cotton Bolls are doubled. The reverse of this coin has the slanted arrow feather or reverse of 1879 design. Also on the rev '79 die, the A of AMERICA is cut down to space the A away from the Eagle's wing. The VAM-220 is the sister to the 1878-P VAM-171, which shares the same obverse, but which has the parallel arrow feather (reverse of '78) reverse.

Threads:

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:_
Tripled R (see bottom left serif):
78_vam220_tripledR.jpg

Doubled bottom of cotton bolls:
78_vam220_doublledbolls.jpg

Doubled inside of Phrygian cap:
78_vam220_doubledcap.jpg

This coin has the Reverse of '79 (slanted arrow feather).
78_vam220_SAF.jpg

Tripled R
1878_v220_obv.jpg

Shifted P of PLURIBUS
1878_vam220_p.jpg
The VAM 220 also shows nice doubling of the cotton bolls, cotton leaves, and on the end of the Phrygian Cap, where it is quite pronounced.
1878vam220_dbl.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-220 Images of a "cleaned coin" on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
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What would an XF40 example of this coin look like?
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-220 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler
1878_RonH_VAM-220_VF40_OBV_02162012.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-220_VF40_REV_02162012.jpg
From Heritage's auction archives another here




Price History:

1878-P VAM-220 ANACS MS60 VAMquest $883.13 Jan-2007
1878-P VAM-220 PCGS AU58 eBay $347.00 Nov-22-2010


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
REV 79 VAM-220 TOP 100
MS
137
0
0
2
0
10
47
25
9
28
13
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
REV 79 VAM-220 TOP 100
MSPL
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
REV 79 VAM-220 TOP 100
MS
22
0
0
0
1
3
4
5
1
4
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

PCGS
REV 79 VAM-220 TOP 100
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

JUNE 2010
TOTAL

*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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