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    1872 Amazonian Quarter in Silver
    Judd-1195, PR65+ Cameo

    1872 25C Quarter Dollar, Judd-1195, Pollock-1335, Low R.7, PR65+ Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. William Barber's Amazonian design with Liberty seated, facing left, her right hand touching the head of a spread-wing eagle, sword in left hand. Thirteen stars are on the upper portion of that side with the date below. The reverse has a reversed variant of the eagle seen on the obverse, denomination below, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around much of the perimeter on that side. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. At least seven examples are known in silver. Two of those are in museums, one at the Western Heritage Museum in Omaha, from the Byron Reed Collection, and the other at the ANA Museum in Colorado Springs, from the Harry Bass Collection. Additional pieces were produced in copper and aluminum.

    Many pattern collectors consider the Amazonian design, which William Barber created, to be the most beautiful design ever created for a coin. It was a mere 18 years after they were coined that the Amazonian name first appeared in the catalog of Lorin Parmelee's Collection, sold by New York Coin and Stamp in 1890. It is widely believed the name was given to the design by David Proskey.

    The fields display bright reflectivity from the proof finish, a brightness that is little dimmed by the toning. Likewise, the devices are nicely frosted, and to our eyes give the coin a cameo appearance. The obverse is several shades deeper in hue than the reverse with ever-deepening reddish patina gathering around the margin. The reverse, however, still retains significant original brilliance in the center with a light speckling of reddish-golden toning around the periphery. The impression of a curved piece of wire is seen on the reverse just to the left of the eagle's wing, making a readily identifiable pedigree identifier.
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    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535349)


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