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1879 'Washlady' Quarter Pattern in Copper
Judd-1591, PR64 Brown

1879 25C Washlady Quarter Dollar, Judd-1591, Pollock-1784, Low R.7, PR64 Brown PCGS. The Washlady design is attributed to Charles Barber, with Liberty's hair bound behind the head. The obverse has UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the border with the date below the bust. The reverse has an eagle clutching an olive branch and three arrows. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA legend and E PLURIBUS UNUM motto follow inside the upper reverse border with the denomination expressed as QUAR. DOLLAR below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
While ridiculed at the time of issue, the Washlady quarter has become one of the most beloved and widely collected of all patterns. The name apparently was given by David Proskey at the F.W. Doughty auction in 1891. Apparently Proskey thought Liberty's hair was disheveled and resembled that of a washlady.
The fields show exceptional depth of reflectivity in spite of the significant layers of blue, violet, and brown toning on each side. The devices also have a noticeable amount of mint frost, and the contrast between the fields and devices. The only "flaw" that we see that could be used for pedigree purposes is a J-shaped lint mark above the second A in AMERICA. (PCGS# 61968)

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June, 2010
2nd-6th
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