1872 Amazonian Silver Set

In this year, William Barber produced one of the most beautiful of pattern designs. They have been known as the "Amazonian" design since 1890 when they were referred to in this manner by David Proskey and Harlan P. Smith in their 1890 sale of the Lorin G. Parmelee collection. It is the first of the so-called "named" patterns.

This design was used on the quarter dollar, half dollar and silver dollar. About a dozen sets were struck in silver and copper and only 2 or 3 sets were made in aluminum.

Shown below is each coin in copper. Original sets today are very rare. A set in silver and copper is in the Durham Museum and a copper set is in the Connecticut State Library.

Quarter J1196/P1336



Half Dollar J1201/P1341



Silver Dollar J1206/P1346



Photos used are courtesy of Tangible Asset Galleries and Ira and Larry Goldberg's Coins and Collectibles.