1878-P VAM-223 Washed out L, Doubled Lower Reverse

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.

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

223 (revised) II 6 C3c (Washed out L, Doubled Lower Reverse) (194) I-5 R-5
Reverse C3c - Hub doubling of outside edges of some leaves in left and right wreath, bottom of bow right ribbon, and tops of serifs of A next to star in AMERICA, L-AR in DOLLAR and right star doubled towards rim on fully struck coins with die not excessively polished. Also appears on some 1879-P & O dies. Die marker - Double horizontal polishing lines inside wreath bow.

Comments: 1878 VAM-223 Washed Out L. This variety has polished down features in Miss Liberty's headband. The first letters of LIBERTY are weak, especially the top left of the letter L. The reverse of the VAM-223 has a 1879 reverse with the slanted arrow feather rather than a parallel arrow feather. Besides VAM-223, VAM-188 also has a washed out L obverse but has a short arrow nock and a broken letter R in TRUST on the reverse. 1878-P VAM-84 and 1878-P VAM-84a have the long nock B1 reverse and a washed out L of LIBERTY.

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LVA Plate Photos:
1878-P_VAM_223_Dbl_Lines_Bow.jpg 1878-P_VAM_223_Dbld_Left_Wreath.jpg

Additional photos:
1878_v223_obv.jpg

More than one example also has a die gouge running from the top of the olive leave branches on the reverse out to the wreath. Do all all of the VAM-223s have this? Please post if you examine a VAM-223 that does not have the gouges.
My AU53 PCGS example does not have the die gouge. (DHalladay)
1878_v223_rev.jpg

There is a second gouge at the top of the wreath near ED of UNITED:
1878_VAM_223_Second_Gouge.jpg

Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-223 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler 1878_RonH_VAM-223_OBV_09172012.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-223_REV_09172012.jpg
From Heritage's auction archives another here here here



Price History:

1878-P VAM 223 Weak L NGC AU58 $60.00 eBay 11/16/08


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-223 TOP 100
MS
142
0
0
0
6
9
45
20
9
9
11
5
8
15
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
REV 79 VAM-223 TOP 100
MS
21
0
0
0
0
2
8
3
1
2
1
2
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
REV 79 VAM-223 TOP 100
MSPL
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
REV 79 VAM-223 TOP 100
MS
75
0
0
1
0
7
14
5
7
2
4
0
4
15
10
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
REV 79 VAM-223 TOP 100
MS
36
0
0
0
1
2
6
1
5
2
6
3
4
4
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

JUNE 2010
TOTAL
239
*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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