1878-P VAM-38 7/8 5 TF

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Reverse discovered by Anthony Morano, February 1965.

38 II/I 9 B/Ah (7/8 5TF) (180) I-4 R-4
Obverse II/I 9- Doubled LIBERTY with shift to left; largest shift of this kind known. All letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM and all left and right stars doubled. Doubled date with 1 doubled on both sides of shaft, first 8 doubled at top outside and inside right of upper loop, 7 doubled on right, second 8 doubled on inside right of upper loop.
Reverse B/Ah-Five tail feather ends showing; between 2 and 3, 3 and 4, 4 and 5, and under 5 and 6 TF. Design remains in leaves of branch, below branch on left, and around wreath bow. Eagle's right wing separated from leg due to over polishing.

Comments: The VAM-38 can be quickly identified by the over polished area separating the eagle's leg and wing along with five remaining tips of the 8TF reverse under the reimpressed 7 tail feathers. The tips are located between tail feathers 2 and 3, 3 and 4, 4 and 5, and under feathers 5 and 6.

Threads:

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
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Another attribution key is the shift of the legend letters on the obverse. This shift is the largest known.
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Although the tail feather tips on the coin's reverse are the primary keys to narrowing down the variety, the VAM-38 has spectacular doubling of obverse details as shown below: Such as the date having significant doubling... .
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...along with all the obverse stars and letters of E PLURIBUS UNUM.
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One key to attribute the coin compared to the other 7/5TF coins (VAM-39 and 40) is by the lack of die pitting around the letter "r" in the motto "trust".
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2 Sets of Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-38 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS_LOGO3.jpg

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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-38 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Bowers & Merena Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts at ANACSANACS_LOGO3.jpg
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Price History:


1878-P VAM-38 PCGS MS64 $485 eBay 3/11/2017
1878-P VAM-38 PCGS MS64 $450 eBay 1/20/2017
1878-P VAM-38 ANACS MS64 $520 eBay 6/18/2011

1878-P VAM-38 PCGS MS63PL $316.11 eBay 7/29/2012

1878-P VAM-38 ANACS MS63 $170 eBay 3/12/2017
1878-P VAM-38 PCGS MS63 $204.50 eBay 2/26/2017
1878-P VAM-38 PCGS MS63 $265 eBay 2/13/2017
1878-P VAM-38 PCGS MS63 $295.00 eBay 7/30/10
1878-P VAM-38 NGC MS63 $380.00 eBay 1/13/07

1878-P VAM-38 NGC MS62PL $195.50 eBay 3/12/2017
1878-P VAM-38 PCGS MS62PL $215.50 eBay 3/12/2014
1878-P VAM-38 PCGS MS62PL $243.55 eBay 2/20/2013

1878-P VAM-38 ANACS MS62 $170 eBay 2/14/2015
1878-P VAM-38 PCGS MS62 $129.38 VAMquest 3/2007

1878-P VAM-38 ANACS MS60 $135.13 HA 9/12/2015


Condition Census:


3/2017
TPG
Variety
Designation
Total
0
1
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
PCGS
VAM-38
MS
231
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
4
5
14
1
17
59
73
39
14
1
0
ANACS
VAM-38
MS
871
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
9
20
9
32
43
26
106
264
248
97
4
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
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
0
0
0
0
0
0
VSS
VAM-38
MS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCI
VAM-38
MS
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-38
MS
488
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
0
4
7
13
6
32
141
187
90
4
0
0
PCGS
VAM-38
MS PL
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
3
7
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-38
MS PL
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
15
29
31
9
1
0
0
NGC
VAM-38
MS PL
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
12
4
1
0
0
PCGS
VAM-38
MS DM
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-38
MS DM
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
7
9
1
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-38
MS DM

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total




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