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    1879 Washlady Dollar in Silver
    Judd-1603, PR65+

    1879 $1 Washlady Dollar, Judd-1603, Pollock-1798, High R.6, PR65+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The famous "Washlady" design by Charles Barber. A portrait of Liberty faces to the left with her hair tied behind her head. She has a headband inscribed LIBERTY, and her hair is adorned by wheat and cotton. Above is the motto IN GOD WE TRUST and below is the date with seven stars to the left and six stars to the right. The reverse depicts an eagle holding an olive branch and three arrows. The statutory legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA follows the border with the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM, in smaller letters, in the field. The denomination ONE DOLLAR is below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

    It is interesting to observe how concepts of beauty change over time. In the late 19th century this design was not well received by dealers and collectors. Liberty's hair appeared disheveled, and the design was apparently given the nickname of Washlady by David Proskey around April 1891 at the Doughty Sale. The name stuck, but today the Washlady design is considered one of the most beautiful ever produced by the Mint. Between 12 and 15 examples are believed known of the Washlady dollar in both copper and silver. There is also one example known in white metal.

    This is a magnificent example. Both sides are richly toned in various multicolored shadings, and the color in the fields is lightened several shades by the brightly reflective mirrors on each side. Similarly, the devices are heavily frosted, but he presence of the toning subdues the cameo contrast except to the most observant. The strike details are complete throughout.

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

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