1878-P VAM-33 7/8 Tailfeather 7/4 variety

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, April 1965. Revision February 2005 by Edward Malinowski.

33(revised) II/I 7 · B/Ad (4 TF) (180) I-3 R-4
Obverse II/I 7– Some coins show die chip at left between loops of first 8.
OBVERSE: is shared with VAM-81 and VAM-30
Reverse B/Ad– Three tail feather ends showing; strong one under 4 TF and two faint ones between 4 & 5 TF and 5 & 6 TF. Very faint tail feather shows under 6 TF on early strike specimens. Eagle’s legs are one and one half times normal width with doubled talons. Design remains in olive leaves, below branch on left and center of wreath bow. Diagonal polishing line from 1 TF down thru 4 TF on some specimens. Broad diagonal die gouge on left side of eagle’s neck.

Comments:
1- VAM-33 is a 7/8 tailfeather variety that shows four faint tailfeathers emerging below the strong 7 feathers.
2- VAM-33 can often be found in PCGS "7/8 Weak" holders. Sometimes it is even found in 1878 Rev 78 holders because the faint tailfeathers were not noticed peeking out.
3- The main feature of this reverse is that it has tremendously doubled legs. This doubled leg reverse die is shared between VAM-33 and the ultra-rare VAM-44 (VAM-32 and VAM-31 also have different doubled leg reverses). Another attribution feature of VAM-33/44 is looking at the underside of the olive branch to the left of the eagle and above the arrow feathers for the rounded mound characteristic of this die.
4- Obverse progression VAM-81, VAM-33A, VAM-33, VAM-30 1878 P VAM-33 Die Progression Page

Threads:
http://www.vamworld.com/share/view/63851556
http://www.vamworld.com/share/view/69812802

LVA Plate Photos:
1878-P_VAM-33_Die_Gouge_Neck1.jpg1878-P_VAM-33_Die_Gouge_Neck.jpg

Additional photos:
The gouge by the eagle's neck becomes less pronounced due to die wear.
ja78P-V33-gouge.jpg
1878p_vam33_big_rev.jpg

The VAM-33 obverse has no doubling in the cotton bolls (unlike VAM-44 which is tripled).
Pictured below is the obverse without doubling.
1878p_vam33_cotton.jpg
ja78P-V33-bols.jpg

On some VAM-33 coins, the left center of the 8 has a small die break. This feature is useful for attributing coins in poor online auction photos.
If the break is present, the coin can't be the ultra-rare VAM-44.
ja78P-V33-date18.jpg

If you can't see the die break in the 8, you can still lock in the VAM-33 obverse by locating the doubled stars to the right of the date:
1878p_vam33_stars.jpg

Below is the ear of VAM-33
1878p_vam33_ear.jpg

Die cracks at eagle's right wing tip
ja78-33-d.jpg
ja78-33-S.jpg

2 Sets of Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-33 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACSANACS_LOGO3.jpg

1878_RonH_VAM-33_OBV.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-33_REV.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-33_OBV_05232011.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-33_REV_05232011.jpg
From Heritage's auction archives another here here




Price History:

1878-P VAM-33 NGC MS63 eBay $162.58 4/27/2012
1878-P VAM-33 NGC MS63 eBay $129.75 1/08/2010
1878-P VAM-33 PCGS MS63 eBay $127.50 1/07/2010
1878-P VAM-33 NGC MS62 eBay $123.08 4/23/2012
1878-P VAM-33 PCGS MS61 eBay $101.25 1/01/2010


Condition Census:

10/2013
PCGS lables 33 & 33A as 33
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
PCGS
VAM-33
MS
226
0
0
0
0
1
6
0
1
0
6
1
6
34
82
69
16
2
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-33
MS
1077
0
0
0
0
20
11
50
23
10
27
84
84
246
291
158
11
0
0
0
0
0
SEGS
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ICG
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
VSS
VAM-33
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCI
VAM-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-33
MS
527
0
0
0
0
5
3
1
2
6
14
1
45
142
180
108
19
1
0
0
0
0
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