1878-P VAM-70 Doubled RIB of PLURIBUS

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM, This coin is a Top 30 Variety

70 I2 12 B1a (Doubled Letters) (180) I-2 R-4
Obverse I2 12 - Doubled Motto with R, I, and B having large shifts at bottom and UM tripled on right side. All stars on right tripled at bottom. 878 in date doubled. First 8 doubled at top inside of both loops and at bottom outside of lower loop. 7 doubled below upper crossbar and at bottom left and upper right of vertical shaft. Second 8 doubled at top inside and bottom outside of lower loop and tripled at lower left outside of upper loop. Nostril slightly overpolished.
Reverse B1a - Earlier type B reverse; 7 TF parallel arrow feather, with long center arrow shaft. Die overpolished with last three leaves disconnected from olive branch and part of eagle's lower right wing missing.

Comments:
1878 VAM-70 "Doubled R-I-B" The VAM 70 has a strongly doubled obverse with RIB of PLURIBUS. This coin has a long nock B1a reverse and the reverse leaves of the olive branch are disconnected. Other B1 reverse Morgan's have disconnected leaves but it is useful to narrow the possibilities. Of all the B1a reverses, behind VAM-85 and VAM-86 and 80A this is the next rarest.

Threads:

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
1878-P_VAM-70_RIB_AND_LIB_15_OCT_2010.jpg
1878-P_VAM-70_2_DISCONNECTED_15_OCT_2010.jpg

R, I, and B have large shifts at bottom.
NESVT20091014_1878P_70_2.JPG
NESVT20091014_1878P_70_1.JPG

7 doubled below upper crossbar and at bottom left and upper right of vertical shaft.
Second 8 doubled at top inside and bottom outside of lower loop and tripled at lower left outside of upper loop.
NESVT20091014_1878P_70_3.JPG

2nd 8 shows quadrupling on upper left loop
NESVT20091014_1878P_70_4.JPG

There is a break on the reverse on LDS examples that shows "slight beveling," per Leroy. But because there is "no obvious step break,"
this die state is not separately listed:
1878-P_VAM-70_VNA_revcracks_STAR_A_15_OCT_2010.jpg

Reverse beveling
1878-P_VAM-70_REV_BEBELING_15_OCT_2010.jpg

Die chips around the nose and mouth.
1878-P_VAM-70_FACE_DIE_CHIPS_15_OCT_2010.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-70 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions©
EDS Specimen
1878_RonH_VAM-70_OBV.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-70_REV.jpg

Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-70 (Late Die Stage) LDS Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions©
MDS Specimen
1878_RonH_VAM-70_OBV_7.jpg
1878_RonH_VAM-70_REV_7.jpg

From Heritage's auction archives another here


Price History:

1878-P VAM-70 PCI MS63 $203 eBay May-05
1878-P VAM-70 NGC MS63 $172.50 eBay 03/20/11
1878-P VAM-70 PCGS MS62 $158.06 VAMquest 3/07
1878-P VAM-70 ANACS MS62 $98 May-05
1878-P VAM-70 ANACS MS61PL $129.38 VAMquest 12/06
1878-P VAM-70 ANACS 61 PL $125 eBay Sep-05
1878-P VAM-70 ANACS 61 $103 eBay Feb-05


Condition Census:


Population 6/2010:
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
ANACS
7 TF VAM-70 TOP 100
MS
20
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
1
1
1
3
0
5
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
7 TF VAM-70 TOP 100
MS
63
0
0
0
0
0
6
2
0
2
7
11
6
17
11
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
7 TF VAM-70 TOP 100
MSDM
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
6
7
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
7 TF VAM-70 TOP 100
MSDM
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
7 TF VAM-70 TOP 100
MSPL
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
7
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
7 TF VAM-70 TOP 100
MSPL
37
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
9
15
9
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
NGC
7 TF VAM-100-2 TOP 100
MS
48
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
1
2
2
7
13
11
10

0
0
0
0
0
PCGS
7 TF VAM-100-2 TOP 100
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0



1




0
0
0
0
0


TOTAL
197

*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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