1878-P VAM-2 Lines In Liberty

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.

2 I²2 – A¹b (Doubled Reverse) (189) I-2 R-4
Obverse I²2- Doubled bottoms of E PLURIBUS and both sides of U in UNUM. Left side of all left stars slightly doubled. First 8 doubled slightly at top of inside of lower loop. 7 doubled on left side and tripled on right side of vertical shaft.
Reverse A¹b- Doubled reverse most apparent in lower left of wreath and in lettering of UNITED, AMERICA, and ONE DOLLAR. Three small feathers added on eagle's right and two on eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing.

Comments:
1- The obverse is shared with 1878-P VAM-14.4, which is a later die state.
2- The VAM-2 is a common to scarce variety. Reverse A1b is unique to VAM-2. There are three extra feathers on the right, and two tiny feathers on the left.
3- The 1878-P VAM-2 is an 8 tailfeather coin. An 8 tailfeather attribution guide is available on VAMworld.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
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VAM-2 has die polishing lines in the eagle's left wing.
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Reverse doubling is most apparent in the left wreath and in the lettering. The Die cracks shown below are also useful for identification.
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Small parallel die gouges inside the protected tailfeather area.
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The shaft of the 7 is strongly doubled along both sides. There is also doubling on the surface of the lower loop of the first 8.
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There are two parallel polishing lines visible in the recessed area of Liberty' cap.
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There are multiple die polishing lines in LIB of LIBERTY.
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At the VAM-2 obverse die stage, there is a die crack extending from the first left star to the neck.
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From Heritage's auction archives another here here here several here



Price History:
1878-P VAM-2 ANACS MS63 DMPL $438.75 VAMquest 3/2007

Condition Census: Populations as of 5/2010 are:
Attributor
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
NGC
8 TF VAM-2
MS
32
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
4
0
2
13
9
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
8 TF VAM-2
MSPL
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
7
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
8 TF VAM-2
MSDPL
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
8 TF VAM-2
MS
41
0
0
1
3
1
3
3
1
0
1
0
5
18
15
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
8 TF VAM-2
MSPL
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
8 TF VAM-2
MSDMPL
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
8 TF VAM-2
MS
129
0
0
0
2
7
25
12
5
6
4
11
14
28
13
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
8 TF VAM-2
MSCD
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
8 TF VAM-2
MSDM
40
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
2
16
15
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
8 TF VAM-2
MSOP
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
8 TF VAM-2
MSPL
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
5
7
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
8 TF VAM-2
MSUD
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
8 TF VAM-2A SUPER CD
MS
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
8 TF VAM-2A SUPER CD
MS
4
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total
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