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    1872 Amazonian Dollar in Aluminum
    Judd-1207, PR65 PCGS, CAC
    Undesignated Cameo Contrast
    Old Green Holder, One of Only Three Known

    1872 $1 Amazonian Dollar, Judd-1207, Pollock-1347, R.8, PR65 PCGS. CAC. William Barber's "Amazonian" design; undoubtedly, his most memorable design in the entire pattern series. The obverse shows Liberty seated facing left, with 13 stars around, and the date below. Her right hand rests on the head of an eagle which is standing with extended wings behind her. A sword is in Liberty's left hand and her left arm rests on a shield. The reverse shows a spread-wing eagle with three arrows in its left (facing) claw, supporting a shield with its right (facing) claw. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around, and the denomination ONE DOL. is below. A scroll crosses the shield and is inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. The "Amazonian" name dates to the Parmelee Sale of 1890, and is generally attributed to David Proskey (who is also given credit for the "Washlady" moniker). Examples of this design were also struck in silver and copper. All are rare, but none as rare as the aluminum variant. Only three pieces are known, and pedigrees have been traced (by Saul Teichman) of all three. Unsurprisingly, Colonel Green owned two pieces, according to the Newman ledgers, and both were purchased by Eric Newman and B.G. Johnson.

    Prior to the Hall-Héroult process of smelting aluminum in 1888, extraction of aluminum was a costly and oftentimes problematic process. Many 19th century aluminum patterns show as-made imperfections, especially planchet laminations. This piece does not. The fields show the brightness one associates with aluminum strikes and predictably (for aluminum patterns) the devices are heavily contrasted against the fields with thick mint frost. Strike details are complete throughout. The only pedigree identifiers we see are a couple of tiny abrasions on the right (facing) breast of Liberty. A wonderful opportunity for the pattern collector.
    Ex: Steve Ivy; Rogers Fred, Jr. (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1995), lot 2295.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 61478)

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