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    1879 Washlady Dollar in Silver
    Judd-1603, PR66+
    The Finest Certified

    1879 $1 Washlady Dollar, Judd-1603, Pollock-1798, High R.6, PR66+ NGC. 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 piece may well be the finest known. The fields are brightly mirrored and flash strongly through the rose centers and blue peripheries. There are no singular marks that could be used for pedigree purposes. However, the reverse shows roller marks over both the devices and fields. Truly exceptional quality in what is undoubtedly one of the most famous and highly sought after designs among pattern collectors. This is the finest example certified by both of the major grading services. (NGC ID# 2AGU, PCGS# 61981)


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

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    October, 2010
    28th-31st Thursday-Sunday
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