1878-P VAM-23 8TF Doubled Lips

Discovered by Leonard Hinckley, February 1974.

This coin is a Top 100 and a WOW! Morgan VAM.

23 I211 A2/A1b (Doubled Eagle's Beak) (180) I-3 R-4
Obverse I211 - Doubled motto letters at top with E-P showing very thin tops of letters. All stars left and right are doubled slightly near rim. Date doubled slightly at bottom with 7 doubled on the right side. Nose, lips and chin are slightly doubled. LIBERTY is doubled left and up and also slightly to right.

Comments:
1- The 1878 VAM-23 is an 8 tailfeather coin with the A²/A¹b reverse, which is shared with VAM-19. This VAM has loads of doubling on the obverse. The lips, nose, forehead and chin are tremendously doubled. Additionally, LIBERTY, the E P of E PLURIBUS and a few other locations are also doubled. It appears the dies were misaligned when the working die was hubbed, creating this very desirable variety. These coins often have prooflike or DMPL surfaces and are amazingly beautiful examples of the early Morgan dollars.
Threads:
1- http://www.vamworld.com/share/view/77472451

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
Nose, lips and chin are slightly doubled.
1878_v23_obv.jpg

P showing very thin top
jgtest17.jpg

The reverse of VAM-23 is an A²/A¹b reverse
1878_v23_rev.jpg

Don't forget to check out the nice "shadow" effect of the doubling on the arrows. The top of the top arrowhead shows it best:
1878-P_VAM-23_arrows.jpg

Some images of another example
NESVT_1878P_23_1.JPGNESVT_1878P_23_2.JPG
NESVT_1878P_23_4.JPGNESVT_1878P_23_5.JPG
NESVT_1878P_23_3.JPGNESVT_1878P_23_6.JPG

Example of a cameo DMPL specimen. Note the thin top of 'P' of PLURIBUS for cherrypicking.
1878_8TF_VAM_23_Example.JPG
Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-23 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg

1878_RonH_VAM-23_OBV_04182011.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-23_REV_04182011.jpg
From Heritage's auction archives another here here here here



Price History:

1878-P VAM-23 ANACS MS63 DMPL eBay $510.00 9/22/2017
1878-P VAM-23 NGC MS63 DPL HA $676.63 2/2016

1878-P VAM-23 PCGS MS63 PL eBay $350.00 9/06/2017
1878-P VAM-23 PCGS MS63 PL HA $434.75 2/2016

1878-P VAM-23 PCGS MS63 eBay $311.00 9/19/2017
1878-P VAM-23 NGC MS63 VAMquest $225.00 12/2006

1878-P VAM-23 NGC MS62 eBay $309 8/20/2017

Condition Census:

9/2017
TPG
Variety
Designation
Total
0
1
2
3
4
6
8
10
12
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
53
55
58
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
PCGS
VAM-23
MS
111
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
1
0
1
4
1
6
5
3
19
39
26
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-23
MS PL
75
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
14
22
31
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-23
MS DM
28
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
8
15
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-23
MS
67
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
0
0
2
11
32
17
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-23
MS PL
96
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
3
11
45
32
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-23
MS DM
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-23
MS
50
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
6
4
1
3
5
1
4
4
17
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-23
MS OP
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-23
MS PL
74
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
5
5
13
32
13
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-23
MS DM
63
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
10
30
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
VSS
VAM-23
MS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCI
VAM-23
MS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total
579

*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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