Click to enlargeJ1195/P1335

William Barber's "Amazonian" design considered to be one of the most beautiful ever made by the US Mint. This design was issued in sets of the quarter dollar, half dollar and silver dollar in silver as above, copper and aluminum.

The Amazonian name dates to the 1890 New York Coin and Stamp auction of the Lorin G. Parmelee collection and was probably given by David Proskey.

The following examples are known with the first 7 representing different examples:

1) Doughty?, Byron Reed-Durham Museum - ICG65

2) 78 ANA, Sieck-81 ANA, Stacks 6/99, Superior 4/00 FPL, S. Manson 03/01 as NCG64, now PCGS64CAM - possibly the Judd plate coin as it shows the same spot by the 5th star.

3) Bowers and Ruddy 11/76, Harry W. Bass Jr. Research Foundation

4) Kosoff 11/55, Bergin-Stacks 6/84, Bowers and Merena 9/85, Superior 9/99 (not sold), Teletrade 10/20/99 (not sold), Saul Teichman - NGC64 - Pollock and Red Book plate

5) Ivy 2/84, Superior 10/89, Heritage 2007 ANA, Heritage 1/09 - PCGS64

6) Rothchild-Stacks 10/03, Queller-Heritage 1/09 as NGC66, Simpson collection - PCGS65

7) ANR 7/03 as PCGS65, Simpson collection - PCGS66, illustrated above

8) Simpson collection - PCGS65

9) Hughes 1/80, StacksBowers 8/17 ANA - PSCG64

10) Hughes 7/80, possibly one of above (this may be copper)

There are also 2 or 3 in complete silver sets which may be additional specimens. It is unclear whether the Olsen, Lohr, Judd and Dibello coins are additional specimens.

Examples were also struck in copper J1196/P1336 and aluminum J1197/P1337.

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Photo courtesy of American Numismatic Rarities.