1880-P VAM-8 8/7 Ears Overdate

Discovered by Ted Clark, December 1970.

This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.

8 III2 7 ∙ C3a (8/7 Ears) (179) I-4 R-6
Obverse III2 7 – Second 8 has two short ears on top. A small piece of metal is on the right side of the upper loop opening. The 9 does not show in the 0.
Reverse C3a – Normal die. Die Marker - Two fairly strong die scratches eagle's left wing.

1- The VAM-8 "Ears" variety has subtle remnants of 7 appearing at the top of the second 8 in the date. The evidence of the underlying 7 appear as two small bumps looking like animal ears peeking out of the top of the 8. This coin is exceedingly rare, partially because it is a tough VAM but also because it is so hard to attribute with the small overdate features.
2- This exact reverse is paired with another obverse with few remarkable features. It is currently considered a VAM 1 marriage.


No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:

Reverse marker of two fairly strong die scratches in the left (viewer's right) must be present.
Photo courtesy of John Roberts.

Here is a shot for date placement:

The true key to confirming this variety is on the reverse:

Price History:

pcgs au53 vam 8 $2,000.00 ebay buy it now oct/2011
PCGS XF40 VAM 8 $1,259.56 EBAY AUC. NOV/2010

Condition Census:

*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