1872 Amazonian Gold Set

The pieces shown below represent the only uniform design ever made for our gold coinage. Designed by William Barber, they are known today as the Amazonian design because they share a common reverse theme with a set of silver coinage also made by William Barber.

Although they seem identical, each obverse has a slightly different arrangement of the hair. This was probably done to handle the different size of each denomination.

Only a single set was made in gold and is displayed below. Additional sets were made in copper and aluminum. The gold set was originally intact through the collections of William Woodin, H.O. Granberg and Waldo Newcomer. After this, the set got broken up with the dollar going to Fred C.C. Boyd and to Dr. Judd and the others going to Colonel Green, King Farouk and Dr. John E. Wilkison. The dollar was finally rejoined with the rest of the set in 1962 when Dr. Wilkison traded for Dr. Judd's gold patterns which were then in possession of Abe Kosoff. They have been together ever since and were sold in the Trompeter sale at auction and, in January 2004, were sold privately into a Southern gentleman's collection and as of November 2007 are now a highlight of the Simpson collection.

It is likely that Woodin got the gold set from A.L. Snowden for "returning" the 2 gold half unions to him which were then placed back in the Mint cabinet. For more on that, click here.

About a dozen sets were struck in copper, with original sets in the Smithsonian and Durham Museum and only 2 or 3 sets were struck in aluminum of which the Pittman set was assembled.

Gold Dollar J1224/P1366



Quarter Eagle J1230/P1372



Three Dollar - This is the only pattern design ever made of this denomination. J1235/P1377



Five Dollar J1240/P1382



Ten Dollar J1245/P1387



Twenty Dollar J1250/P1392

Photos courtesy of Heritage.