1878-P VAM-30 Extra Talons

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, April 1965.
Revised 2015

30 (revised) II/I 7 B/Aa (Extra Talons) (180) I-3 R-5
Obverse II/1 7 - Type II LIBERTY; doubled E, P, and R; doubled 187 in date with 1 doubled on left at shaft, 8 on top surface, and 7 on left of top serif; all stars on left and first three stars on right doubled. Area around nose and lips over polished. Fine diagonal polishing line through R in LIBERTY.
Reverse B/Aa - Underlying 8 tail feather design shifted left with four talons on left and right shifted left by width of one toe, extra toe at left of eagle's left foot, some remnants of 8 TF design feather left of both leg feathers, left side of upper TF and TF lines to left of eagle's right leg. Some remnants of 8 TF inner feather ends in middle of eagle's right wing.

Comments: NGC lists this variety with the 7/8 Tail feathers varieties. However, PCGS lists it with other Reverse of 1878 varieties. VAM-30 is easy to overlook. The extra talon appears at the base of the left toe on the eagle's right (viewer's left) leg. On the obverse, E, P, and R are doubled. 187 is doubled in the date. All stars on the left and the first three stars on the right are doubled.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
The key identifier is a longnock reverse and the extra talon pictured below:
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There are interesting die gouges between the legs.
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There is strong die polish around the ribbon bow.
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The first 8 in the date has an interesting die chip.
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A die crack over the M in UNUM extends into the denticles and helps with identification.
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Another die crack can be seen between the E and P of E PLURIBUS
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The nose is polished open on this VAM.
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Obverse stars to the right of the date are doubled, and the 1st star to the right has a small die chip next to the right point.
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-30 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions©
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Price History:

1878-P VAM-30 NGC MS64 Heritage $881.25 3/12/2014

1878-P VAM-30 NGC MS63 Heritage $152.75 7/19/2016
1878-P VAM-30 NGC MS63 Heritage $305.50 4/25/2013


Condition Census:


8/2017
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-30
MS
77
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
6
22
15
18
3
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-30
MS PL
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
5
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-30
MS DM

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-30
MS
126
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
12
31
20
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-30
MS PL
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
3
4
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-30
MS DM
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-30
MS PL
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-30
MS
40
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
1
0
6
8
16
6
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total


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