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1879 25C Washlady Quarter Dollar, Judd-1591, Pollock-1784, R.6-7, PR65+ Cameo Red and Brown N...

2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction #1158

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 12, 2011
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Location: Marriott - Chicago O Hare
8535 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631

Description:
Very Rare 1879 'Washlady' Quarter
Struck in Copper
, Judd-1591
PR65+ Cameo Red and Brown
1879 25C Washlady Quarter Dollar, Judd-1591, Pollock-1784, R.6-7, PR65+ Cameo Red and Brown NGC. Charles Barber's Washlady obverse depicts a head of Liberty with her hair bound behind her head. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST appears in small letters at the upper border with the date below and stars to the left and right. An eagle on the reverse has wings displayed, holding an olive branch and three arrows. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and motto E PLURIBUS UNUM placed at the upper border with the denomination QUAR. DOLLAR below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
However unpopular the "Washlady" design may have been in its own time, it is one of the few Charles Barber designs many contemporary collectors will admit to liking, if indeed they know he was the artist behind it. This is an impressively preserved example of the quarter size in copper, practically a Premium Gem with primarily copper-gold and peach surfaces which show just a touch too much peripheral mellowing to qualify for a fully Red designation. In any event, the Star is well-deserved.
From The Thompson Collection of US Patterns. (PCGS# 71968)

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