1880-P VAM-8

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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.


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Additional Photos:

1880 vam8 obv.jpg


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:
1880 VAM 8 Photo 1.jpg
The true key to confirming this variety is on the reverse:
1880 VAM 8 Photo 5.jpg

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