1878-P VAM-31 Lines Through Leg

Discovered by Bob Yauger, November 1964.

31 II/I 8 B/Ab (Lines Through Leg) (177) I-5 R-4
Obverse II/I 8 - Type II LIBERTY; doubled P on left and tripled S at top right; partially broken bottom serifs of N and M in UNUM. Doubled 2, 3, 6, and 7 stars on left and 1, 3, 4, and 5th stars on right. 1 and 7 in date doubled at top right.
Reverse B/Ab - Extra set of legs and talons on the right; design remains in leaves of branch and above branch on right; polishing scratches across arrow feathers and eagle's right talon, and also across bow in wreath. Possible faint tail feathers between 1 and 2TF. Die chips around R in TRUST.

Comments: The VAM-31 is considered part of the 7/8 tail feather set, as a 7/0 reverse type. Although no tail feathers show, there is extensive doubling and die polishing around the eagles legs, conclusive evidence of the conversion from an 8TF reverse die.
One of six known obverses with a Broken N and M of UNUM, the others being 1878-P VAM-40, 1878-P VAM-110, 1878-P VAM-145, 1878-P VAM-162, and 1878-P VAM-200. The VAM-31 is recognized by PCGS.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
Obverse - Broken N & M:
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Reverse - Die polishing on left side and Doubled Legs. Metal over the branch:

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Die chip on ear.
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Doubled 1 and 7 in date. Look for notched top right side.
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3rd and 4th right stars show strong doubling.
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-31 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
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Price History:

1878-P VAM 31 ANACS MS63 $142.50 ebay Sep 06, 201117:38:34 PDT (Old Holder #SC0870)
1878-P VAM-31 Raw Coin $154.49 eBay 10/9/2010
1878-P VAM-31 Raw Coin $150.00 eBay 7/24/2010
1878-P VAM-31 PCGS MS63 $93.01 eBay Jan-15-2010
1878-P VAM-31 PCGS MS 63 $100.00 Private Sale March 2009
1878-P VAM-31 PCGS MS63 $101.25 VAMquest 1/07
1878-P VAM-31 PCGS MS63 $118.13 VAMquest 12/06

1878-P VAM-31 PCGS MS62 eBay $91.00 1/07/2010
1878-P VAM-31 PCGS MS62 $67.50 VAMquest 3/07
1878-P VAM-31 NGC MS62 $140.00 eBay Feb-01-2007




Condition Census:

PCGS MS 65, PCGS MS 62, NGC MS64DMPL, NGC MS 64

Apr-2010
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
MS
259
0
0
0
0
1
4
7
2
6
11
9
34
54
100
30
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
MSDM
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
MSPL
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
4
8
3
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
MS
76
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
3
20
31
14
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
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