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    1879 Silver 'Washlady' Dollar, Judd-1603, PR64

    1879 $1 Washlady Dollar, Judd-1603, Pollock-1798, High R.6, PR64 NGC.
    Design.
    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, with the Latin motto in a wide inner arc above the eagle. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    Commentary.
    The ninth edition of Judd's United States Pattern Coins comments favorably concerning the "Washlady" patterns:

    "Assistant engraver Charles E. Barber's suite of silver patterns of the dime, quarter dollar, half dollar, and silver dollar denominations stands today as among his finest work. In the late 19th century, this depiction of Liberty was dubbed the 'Washlady' design, a rather unfortunate designation, as the woman depicted is elegantly coiffed, and certainly not styled as a laundress might have been. The addition of the ten-cent or dime denomination to these patterns is quite unusual, as after the Standard Silver series, relatively few new pattern designs were made of this value."

    While Charles Barber's reputation has perhaps been unduly tarnished by those of us in the numismatic press who pit him regularly against Augustus Saint-Gaudens, it is nonetheless a truism that both he and his father were Englishmen at heart, both native Britons whose styles were firmly rooted in Victorian tradition. Their work receives mixed reviews, but the greatness of Saint-Gaudens is, perhaps, an unfair yardstick. Charles Barber was born in London on Nov. 16, 1840, the son of William and Anna May Coultart Barber. William was born in London on May 2, 1807, the son of engraver John Barber. The Barbers came to the United States in 1852, when William was 45 and son Charles was 12.

    The USPatterns.com website estimates that 12 to 15 specimens are known.

    Physical Description.
    This sharply struck piece is mostly silver throughout, with tinges of gold near the rims on each side. Some light hairlines in the obverse field and minor contact evidence account for the grade, but this rare pattern is nonetheless startling in its appeal and originality. NGC Census: 1 in PR64, 2 finer. PCGS Population: None in PR64, 1 finer (12/08).

    Provenance.
    Unknown.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.


    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AGU, PCGS# 61981)


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