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1879 10C Washlady Ten Cents, Judd-1585, Pollock-1778, R.6, ...

2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328

 
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Famous 1879 "Washlady" Pattern Dime in Copper, Judd-1585
1879 10C Washlady Ten Cents, Judd-1585, Pollock-1778, R.6, PR64 Red and Brown PCGS. Barber's famous "Washlady" design, a term that has been used to describe the liberally-locked portrait since the nineteenth century. The head of Liberty faces left surrounded by the legend and the date is situated below. She is wearing a headband inscribed LIBERTY. The headband is ornamented with ears of wheat, cotton leaves, and bolls. On the reverse, the denomination is encircled by a ring of dots that is flanked by the ornamentally framed motto E PLURIBUS UNUM and a wreath of cotton and wheat. The "Washlady" dime is considered today to be one of the most beautiful designs ever made by the U.S. Mint. At the time, however, the design was not well received as, apparently, Liberty's hair and the way it was tied back was considered to be disheveled. The Washlady name dates back to the April 1891 New York Coin and Stamp auction of the F.W. Doughty Collection and was probably given by David Proskey. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Glossy golden-brown surfaces have tinges of sea-green color about the peripheral lettering and a lone, unobtrusive spot is detected on the cheek.
N.A.S.C. Sale (Kosoff, 2/70), lot 1502. (PCGS# 71962)

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