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    1879 Washlady Dollar, PR66 Red Cameo
    Judd-1604, Struck in Copper

    1879 $1 Silver Dollar, Judd-1604, Pollock-1799, High R.6, PR66 Red Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Liberty's lush hair is piled atop her head, with IN GOD WE TRUST above and 13 stars around. On the reverse a perched eagle holds an olive branch with seven leaves, and three arrows pass behind the wing. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR are at the rim. The Latin motto is in a wide inner arc above the eagle. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

    The Washlady moniker is attributed to H.P. Smith and David Proskey of New York Coin and Stamp, who described lot 461 in their April 1891 sale of the Francis W. Doughty Collection as follows:

    "'Wash-lady' type: profile L, with enormous head of hair, held together by nothing visible : a short tablet inscribed LIBERTY, and a couple of cotton bolls and wheat spears ornament the front ; motto above. R eagle similar to that on lot 457, but not so well executed or modeled : E PLURIBUS UNUM spread over semi-circle : silver: proof; very rare."



    This is a copper example of what has been described as "one of the most beautiful designs ever made by the US Mint" (USPatterns.com). About 12 to 15 pieces are believed extant. Previously certified PR65 Red by NGC, it now resides in a PR66 Cameo PCGS holder -- the only submission with that designation. There is one other Red coin at PCGS, a PR65 Red example that we brought to market in August 2017. The color of that coin is slightly mellow compared to the present specimen, which we believe has a legitimate claim to the title of finest known.

    A faint patch of lilac is evident at the lower obverse, but the balance of the obverse and all of the reverse have blazing orange luster with frosty devices and fully mirrored fields. A single dark toning splash left of star 10 serves as a pedigree marker. Population: 1 in 66 Cameo, 0 finer (5/20).
    Ex: 1959 ANA Sale (Leo Young, 8/1959); Frank M. Stirling Collection / Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 5/2009), lot 1445.
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    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535344)


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