1878-P VAM-40 7/8 Tailfeather 7/5 variety

Discovered by George Mallis, July 1964.
Revised 2016

40 (revised) II/I 8 - B/Aj (5 TF) (180) I-4 R-5
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/Aj - Five tail feathers ends showing; between 2 and 3, 3 and 4, 4 and 5 and under 5 and 6. Design remains in leaves of branch, below branch on left, and inside left outside of wreath bow. Die chips around R and U in TRUST and top of RIC in AMERICA. Short die gouge at lover olive leaf. Vee die scratch at ICA.

Comments: One of six known obverses with a Broken N and M of UNUM, the others being 1878-P VAM-31, 1878-P VAM-110, 1878-P VAM-145, 1878-P VAM-162, and 1878-P VAM-200. The VAM-40 is recognized by PCGS.
The VAM-40 is among the more difficult strong 7/8 tailfeather varieties to locate. The II/I-8 obverse is the same used on VAM-31 (weak 7/8TF) and VAM-110 (B2 reverse). The most prominent features of this obverse are the doubled stars and the broken base serifs of the N and M of UNUM.

LVA Plate Photo:

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Additional photos:
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The B/Aj reverse is unique to VAM-40 and is very easily identified.
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The two highlighted pick-up points (olive leaves and left bow) are sufficient in attributing this variety.

LDS VAM 40 WILL SHOW THIS DIE CRACKS SHOWN IN PICTURES BELOW
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Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-40 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY Ron Hagler

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Price History:

1878 VAM-40 ANACS MS63 eBay $189.50 1/25/2016


Condition Census:

1/2016
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-40
MS
76
0
0
0
3
3
2
4
1
3
0
1
1
4
13
17
17
4
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-40
MS PL
7
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
VAM-40
MS DM
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-40
MS
214
0
2
0
0
10
10
11
15
9
12
10
8
20
50
32
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-40
MS PL
44
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
12
15
13
1
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-40
MS DM
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-40
MS
68
0
0
2
1
0
1
1
1
1
7
2
1
3
14
23
8
3
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
VAM-40
MSPL
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0


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