1879 25C Washlady Quarter Dollar, Judd-1591, Pollock-1784,...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1879 Washlady Quarter in Copper
1879 25C Washlady Quarter Dollar, Judd-1591, Pollock-1784, Low
R.7, PR66 Red Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The Society Lady,
better-known as the Washlady, here in the quarter denomination.
Charles Barber's obverse depicts a Liberty head with her hair bound
up behind. IN GOD WE TRUST appears in small letters at the upper
border with the date below and stars seven left, six right. An
eagle on the reverse has wings displayed, holding an olive branch
and three arrows in the dexter and sinister claws, respectively,
with the wings passing in front of both. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
and E PLURIBUS UNUM are at the upper border with QUAR. DOLLAR
below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. The Washlady patterns
are admired far more today than they were in the late 19th century;
the pejorative moniker dates to the sale of the New York Coin &
Stamp sale of Doughty Collection in April 1891, the term likely
given by David Proskey. Perhaps 12 to 15 of the copper pieces
survive today. This is a flaming red example with no trace of
brown. A few tiny specks of carbon are seen, but are in no way
detracting. Tied for finest known with one other piece (9/20).
Judd-1591, PR66 Red Cameo
Tied for Finest Known
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535324)
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