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Extraordinarily Rare 1872 Amazonian Twenty
Struck in Aluminum, Judd-1252, PR66

1872 $20 Amazonian Twenty Dollar, Judd-1252, Pollock-1394, R.8, PR66 NGC. William Barber's "Amazonian Gold" design has a bust of Liberty facing left, with hair flowing behind the head and below the bust truncation, wearing a Phrygian cap inscribed LIBERTY. There are 13 stars along the border, and the date is below the bust. The reverse is similar to the Amazonian silver design with an eagle, wings spread, grasping three arrows in its right claw, its left leg raised to support a shield. A ribbon crosses the shield with the inscription IN GOD WE TRUST. Around is the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and below is the denomination TEN DOL. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.
The Amazonian design is one of the most desirable patterns ever produced by the U.S. Mint. When encountered, this design is usually seen in copper, with about a dozen pieces known, several of which are gilt. One complete set from gold dollar to double eagle is known in gold. The aluminum examples are only a bit less rare, with a mere two pieces confirmed. This extraordinarily rare pattern was one of the few pieces missing from the Lemus Collection, although a gilt example was present.
The surfaces of this piece are bright and undimmed by the passage of the years. The fields show noticeable striations from the die having been polished prior to striking. It is obvious the die was polished rather than the planchet, as portions of the vertical shield lines display brightness, as in the surrounding field. The design is fully struck throughout. The devices are noticeably frosted and present a strong (although unacknowledged) cameo contrast on each side. A rare opportunity for the pattern collector.
Ex: Gaston DiBello Collection (Stack's, 5/1970), lot 509; Terrell Collection (American Auction Association, 5/1973), lot 630; William R. "Rudy" Sieck Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 7/1981), lot 358.
From The Van Treuren Collection. (PCGS# 61524)

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