1878-P VAM-5

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1878 VAM-5 Doubled Motto

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965.
This coin is a Top 100 Morgan VAM.
5 I2 4 - A1c (Doubled Motto) (189)
Obverse I2 4 - Doubled motto with R, I, and B having large shifts at bottom. All stars on left slightly doubled. 78 in date is slightly doubled on right outside.
Reverse A1C - Letters in UNITED doubled strongly on top and bottom. STATES OF AMERICA letters doubled at bottom. ONE DOLLAR letters doubled at top. Left wreath strongly doubled. Three small feathers added on eagle's right and two on eagle's left side between leg and bottom of wing.
DPIS – In 1878 dates were part of the master die so there is no variation in position.

Emission Sequence


  1. The VAM-5 is scarce in all grades. The 1878 VAM-5 is an 8 tailfeather coin with the A1c reverse. This reverse is characterized by unique tailfeathers next to the eagle's wings. UNITED STATES OF is also strongly doubled. A good marker for the A1c reverse is a blob of metal at the bottom of the F.
  2. The A1c reverse is shared by Vams 3, 4, 5, 14-6, 14-7, 14-11, 14-12, 14-14, 14-17, and 14-18. All but VAMs 3 & 4 are major rarities.


LVA Plate Photos:

See 4th Edition of "Comprehensive Catalog and Encyclopedia of Morgan & Peace Dollars"

Additional Photos:

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On the obverse the "RIB" of E PLURIBUS is strongly doubled.
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Full Coin Photos

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