Click to enlargeJ1205/P1345

William Barber's "Amazonian" design considered to be one of the most beautiful ever made by the U.S. 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 dollar die is famous for its missing feather on the reverse.

The following examples are confirmed:

1) Doughty?, Byron Reed-Durham Museum - ICG64

2) Judd, Kentucky collection - NGC64, illustrated above

3) 78 ANA, Sieck-81 ANA, southern collection, Simpson collection - NGC65/PCGS65, dipped

4) B&R 11/74, HIM 7/82, Heritage 5/03 as NGCAU58, Superior 9/09, Jewell, Stacks-Bowers 8/11 ANA, Heritage 8/13, Scotsman 10/15, StacksBowers 8/16 ANA, Bonhams 12/16 - PCGSAU58

5) Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Harry W. Bass Jr. Research Foundation - Pollock plate

6) Farouk?, Dibello, Lee, Terrell-Bowers and Ruddy's 5/73, Rothchild-Stacks 10/03 - see note below

7) Stacks 11/65 Ewalt sale

8) Superior's 1/85 Buss sale

9) MARCA 1988 FUN sale

10) Stacks 71 ANA

There are also 2 or 3 in complete silver sets which may be additional specimens. It is unclear whether the Lohr and Champa coins are additional specimens. Col Green owned 2 according to Eric Newman's ledgers of the Col Green patterns purchased by he and B.G. Johnson.

Note: Farouk's set was purchased by Dibello but the Terrell coin was pedigreed to the Farouk sale.

Most of the pieces listed above have been cleaned.

Examples were also struck in copper J1206/P1346 and aluminum J1207/P1347.

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Photo courtesy of NGC.