1878 VAM-5 DDO R-I-B in PLURIBUS

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.

5 I2 4 - A1c (Doubled Motto) (189) I-3 R-4
Obverse I2 4 - Doubled motto with R, I, and B having large shifts at bottom. All stars on left slightly doubled. 78 in date is slightly doubled on right outside.
Reverse A1C - Letters in UNITED doubled strongly on top and bottom. STATES OF AMERICA letters doubled at bottom. ONE DOLLAR letters doubled at top. Left wreath strongly doubled. Three small feathers added on eagle's right and two on eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing.

Comments:
1- The VAM-5 is scarce in all grades. The 1878 VAM-5 is an 8 tailfeather coin with the A1c reverse. This reverse is characterized by unique tailfeathers next to the eagle's wings. UNITED STATES OF is also strongly doubled. A good marker for the A1c reverse is a blob of metal at the bottom of the F.
2- The A1c reverse is shared by Vams 3, 4, 5, 14-6, 14-7, 14-11, 14-12, 14-14, 14-17, and 14-18. All but VAMs 3 & 4 are major rarities.

Threads:

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
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On the obverse the "RIB" of E PLURIBUS is strongly doubled.
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1878-P-5-bow.jpg
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1878-P-5-wing.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-5 Images© on loan to VAMworld courtesy TeletTradeLogo14.jpg® ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-5 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg1878_RonH_VAM-5_OBV_04022011.jpg
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From Heritage's auction archives another here here here here


Price History:
1878-P VAM-5 ANACS MS64 $1068.75 VAMquest 3/07

Condition Census: 5/2010
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
Date
PCGS
8 TF VAM-5 Top 100
MS
51
0
0
1
1
3
6
3
3
1
0
0
1
10
16
8
1
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
NGC
8 TF VAM-5 Top 100
MS
31
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
2
1
2
0
0
7
9
6
1
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-5 TOP 100
MS
19
0
0
0
1
0
3
4
0
3
0
0
1
1
4
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-5 TOP 100
MS
72
0
1
2
3
4
24
6
4
4
5
4
2
6
4
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010
ANACS
8 TF VAM-5 TOP 100
MSOP
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
1
1
1
1
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
5/2010


Total
185
*The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys Copyright 2009 RCI. With permission from the authors Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., http://www.rcicoins.com, and Jeff Oxman, http://www.vamlink.com
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