1880-P VAM-6 8/7 Spikes

Discovered by George Mallis, July 1964.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.

6 III2 5 ∙ C3a (8/7 Spikes) (180) I-5 R-5
Obverse III2 5 – 8 repunched over 7 in date. Two serifs of 7 are clearly visible above 8 as two short spikes and crossbar of 7 is visible inside the upper loop of the 8. There is a slight bulge on left side of the 0 where original 9 was punched. 1 is tripled at the very bottom. First 8 is doubled slightly at bottom outside of lower loop. Second 8 is doubled slightly at lower left outside of upper loop. 0 is doubled at left inside. Fine die chips show on right inside first 8 lower loop.
Reverse C3a – Normal die with two fine diagonal die scratches in lower part of eagle’s right wing.

Comments:
1- The 1880-P VAM-6 is one of the tougher 1880 overdate coins, especially in high grades. The VAM is seen as two small spikes at the top of the 2nd 8 in the date. The left side is taller than the right and faint remains are seen in the upper left of the top loop. The finest known is a PCGS MS64. It was part of the Leroy Van Allen collection and sold in April, 2008.
2- Reverse progression believed to be VAM-10, VAM-5, VAM-5A, VAM-6 (JR)
3- Although classified as C3a, the reverse has die gouges on the right wing.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
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The "image" of the underlying 7 really pops out in AU+ specimens in which you can see the activity in the top loop of the second 8:
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All VAM-6 exhibit over polishing, such as in the hair under the right end of the cap.
A good PUP but there are a few other 1880-P VAM's with the rear hair polished away.
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Right wing die gouges.
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-6 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
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Price History:
PCGS 8/7 AU50(unattr as VAM-6) eBay $112.50 2/09
PCGS MS64, Sold at Heritage in April, 2008 from the Leroy Van Allen collection realized an incredible $12,650 dollars.

Condition Census: 6/2014
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-
MS
14*
3
3
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
ANACS
VAM-6
MS
396
0
3
8
11
38
151
65
16
44
30
8
8
6
1
2
0
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-
MS

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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-6
MS
144
0
1
1
5
10
43
14
13
17
17
3
11
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total
554+
*SSDC only
*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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