1872 $10 Amazonian Ten Dollar, Judd-1246 Gilt, Pollock-138...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1872 Amazonian Ten Dollar
1872 $10 Amazonian Ten Dollar, Judd-1246 Gilt, Pollock-1388, Low
R.7, PR62 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. William Barber's "Amazonian Gold"
design has a bust of Liberty facing left, her hair flowing behind
her 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 up 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 copper and gilt with a reeded edge.
Judd-1246 Gilt, PR62
The series of Amazonian silver and gold patterns are considered among the most beautiful designs ever created for U.S. coinage, and it is a shame that they never saw actual production for commerce. The Amazonian gold patterns were sold in six-piece sets, mostly produced in copper. Today, several of the copper examples are gilt, like this piece. About a dozen examples are known in all. According to Adams and Woodin, just one set was actually produced in gold, and two sets were produced in aluminum. The surfaces display satiny greenish-yellow gold with sharp design motifs. The obverse and reverse exhibit minor hairlines that limit the grade. There are few other blemishes of any significance on either side.
Ex: Auction '88 (Stack's, 7/1988), lot 1310; Lemus-Queller Collection, Part II (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1831.
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 537328)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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