Click to enlargeJ1201/P1341

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, copper as above 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.

It differs from the quarter J1195-J1197/P1335-P1337 and dollar J1205-J1207/P1345-P1347 designs in having an olive branch for peace draped over the shield as there was a criticism that the design was too military. It is likely that this die was made last.

Copper examples often show a "flattened" dentelle on the obverse at 12:00 caused by scrap of some sort adhering to the die. It is visible on the illustrated example. To view this, click on the thumbnail image to enlarge.

The following examples are confirmed:

1) Doughty?, Byron Reed-Durham Museum - ICG66RB

2) Joseph C. Mitchelson, Connecticut State Library - dentelle not flatted at 12:00

3) 53 ANA, Bergin-Stacks 6/84, Heritage 5/97 fixed price listing, 97 ANA, 2002 ANA as NGC65RB, Simpson collection NCS'd - PCGS67BN, dentelle not flattened at 12:00

4) Julius Turoff-Bowers and Merena 3/94, in Larry Hanks inventory at 97 ANA - PCGS66RB

5) Jay Parrino Summer 1996 fixed price list, Dr. Musikoff, Ira & Larry Goldberg 10/00, Kagins - NGC67RB - illustrated above

6) Superior 1/90 - NGC65BN

7) Stacks 6/94, Stacks 3/02 as PCGS64BN, Stacks 1/07 as NGC64BN, Simpson collection - PCGS64BN

8) Rarcoa/Akers 8/91, Stacks 1/95 - PCGS64BN possibly the same as #6

9) Mal Varner at 97 ANA - NGC66RB, Heritage 1/07 - PCGS66RB

10) Farouk, Auction 81 cleaned and lacquered

Others possible from Anderson-Dupont, Lohr-Cox, Bowers and Merena 1/88 this may duplicate #6 and/or #8.

Examples were also struck in silver J1200/P1340 and aluminum J1202/P1342.

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Photo courtesy of Ira and Larry Goldberg's Coins and Collectibles.