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    1872 Amazonian Quarter in Aluminum
    Judd-1197, PR64+ Cameo
    One of Two Known

    1872 25C Amazonian Quarter Dollar, Judd-1197, Pollock-1337, R.8, PR64+ Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. William Barber's Amazonian design with Liberty seated and facing left, her right hand upon the head of an eagle with wings outstretched, her left hand holding a sword and left arm resting upon a shield. Thirteen stars are above, with the date below. The reverse features a similar eagle, but facing left rather than right, with its wings spread, arrows in its right talon, and a shield in its left talon. Inscribed on the shield ribbon is the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above, and QUAR DOL. is below. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge.

    This Amazonian pattern design was given its moniker in 1890, when David Proskey and H.P. Smith were cataloging the Lorin G. Parmelee Collection for New York Coin and Stamp. Undoubtedly, the sword-wielding portrait of Liberty was suggestive of the Amazonian warriors of Greek mythology. Two examples of the Amazonian quarter are known in aluminum: this piece and the Farouk coin in PCGS PR66 Cameo. Others exist in silver and copper, but this is the most elusive of the three varieties.

    This well-contrasted specimen displays excellent mirroring in the fields and thickly frosted devices despite a bit of duskiness at the centers. Two curving streaks of golden color do not distract, but they do aid in attribution, as do a couple of small rim nicks. As one of two pieces extant, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity.
    Ex: Robert Michael Prescott Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 1/2006), lot 895; Richard C. Jewell Collection (Stack's, 8/2011), lot 7511.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535333)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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