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    1872 William Barber Amazonian Quarter
    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.

    Many students of U.S. pattern coinage consider William Barber's Amazonian design to be the most beautiful ever created. According to Saul Teichman, the Amazonian name first appeared in the 1890 catalog of Lorin Parmelee's Collection sold by New York Coin and Stamp and cataloged by Harlan P. Smith and David Proskey, merely 18 years after these patterns were struck.

    A roster of at least seven different examples appears at Although there are many rarer pattern issues, few are as desirable. Two of the known examples 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.

    A dazzling Cameo proof, this Gem exhibits brilliant silver surfaces with a subtle frame of peripheral gold toning. Both sides showcase deeply mirrored fields around the frosted, fully struck devices. Aside from a few faint hairlines, tiny contact flecks, and minuscule mint-made lint marks, the surfaces are pristine. Eye appeal is extraordinary.
    Ex: Randolph S. Rothschild Collection (Stack's, 10/2003), lot 1070; Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection, Part Two / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009, as NGC PR66), lot 1824.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535349)

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

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