1878-CC VAM-6 Doubled Leaves
Discovered by Marilyn Tiernan, June 1970. Obverse discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.
This coin is a Top 100 and a WOW! Morgan VAM.
6 II4 - B1b (Doubled Obverse) (178) I-3 R-4
Obverse II4 - Doubled ear and cotton blossom leaves on the right edges, date, all stars on right and left on bottom edge.
Reverse B1b – Normal die of type B1 with very widely spaced mint marks, IV CC, set high and touching wreath.
- Emission Sequence
- Obverse: 6, 18
- Reverse: 6
- The 1878-CC VAM 6 has strongly doubled cotton leaves.
- This obverse is shared by both the VAM 6, VAM 18,. In addition to the doubled cotton leaves, the ear, stars and date all show some doubling. The leaves are by far the strongest indicator on the obverse.
- Note that VAM 24 also has doubled leaves but is a different obverse die. VAM 13 has a B2a short center arrow reverse, while VAMs 6 and 18 have the long center arrow B1 type reverse.
LVA Plate Photos
The key to differentiating VAM 6 from VAM 18 is the mint mark placement. VAM 6 has a mint mark set high and right, touching the ribbon. VAM 18 appears to be slightly harder to locate than VAM 6, but both are highly desirable.
Full Coin Photos
Full Coin VAM 6 Images © Heritage Auctions, used with permission. Attributed by ANACS
Full Coin VAM 6 © Lance Newman OCC, used with permission.
- 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]