1878-P VAM-171 Tripled R
Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
This coin is a Top 30 1878 Variety
171 II/I 34 - B2c (Tripled R) (193) I-3 R-4
Obverse II/1 34- Doubled LIBERTY with no shift. Doubled P and U, tripled R in PLURIBUS. Doubled 1 and 3 stars on left and 1, 3, and 4 stars on right.
Reverse B2c - Broken R in TRUST results in TIUST. Hub break.
1.The bottom left serif on "R" in PLURIBUS is tripled, showing two clear notches. P and U are doubled. Doubled Liberty with no shift. Parallel arrow feathers reverse. This variety is the sister to the 1878-P VAM-220, which has the same obverse, but with a slanted arrow feather (reverse of '79) reverse. In addition to the obverse features shown below, these popular VAMs show doubling on the cotton bolls and the interior curl of the Phrygian cap.
LVA Plate Photos:
The Following 4 close up photos and text are courtesy of Ash Harrison.
The VAM 171 has a very distinctly TRIPLED R in PLURIBUS. The lower left foot of the left vertical is tripled to the North.
Shown here is the outstanding doubling in the obverse of the VAM 171. This doubling is unrivaled in any of the B2c reverse coins. If you see this, immediately check the R, as above, and you will likely have completed the attribution. LEARN THIS!
The P in PLURIBUS on the VAM 171 is very similar to the VAM 167. It is “BACKWARDS” from the 166. The left foot is doubled and the right foot is normal. The rest of the P is doubled similar to the normal VAM 166 or 167. See those two VAMs as written earlier to compare.
Another nice marker for the VAM 171 is the die polish between the wheat leaves. This is a very solid marker that holds up on low grade specimens if all the dirt is removed.
Tripled R: Doubled P:
Parallel arrow feather reverse (reverse of '78):
Full Coin Photos
Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-171 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©[Heritage Auctions]ATTRIBUTED BY John Roberts'at'ANACS
- 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]