Click to enlargeJ1206/P1346

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.

The dollar die is famous for its missing feather on the reverse.

The following examples are confirmed:

1) Doughty?, Byron Reed-Durham Museum - ICG65RB

2) Joseph C. Mitchelson, Connecticut State Library - gem proof

3) Low 6/03 lot 581, Zabriskie sale (H. Chapman 6/09) lot 304, later to Lohr, Bowers and Ruddy's 11/76 and 10/77, Heritage 1/07 (not sold), Heritage 1/08, Heritage 1/09 as PCGS65RB, Simpson collection - PCGS65BN with a cut on edge at 2:45.

4) Farouk, Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Crouch-Superior 6/77, cleaned, same as Heritage 1/17 FUN ? - PCGS61RB

5) 81 ANA, D.A. Holt as PCGS63RED, Simpson collection - PCGS64RED

6) Superior 10/89, R. Meek, Teletrade 12/26/2001 (not sold) - NGC65RB, Goldberg 2/03, Superior 9/03 as PCGS65RB, Simpson collection - PCGS67RB, illustrated above

7) 90 ANA, Heritage 2/91 as PCGS65RB, Share-ANR 9/03 as NGC66RB, Southern collection, Simpson collection as NGC68RB, now PCGS68RB, with spot above star 10

8) Stacks 6/94, Stacks 3/02 as PCGS64RB, Stacks 1/07 as NGC65BN, Simpson collection - PCGS65BN

9) Virginia collection, Heritage 1/18 FUN - PCGS66RB

Additional specimens may include the one attributed in Judd to Dr. Michal and the Anderson-Dupont coin. Col Green owned 3 according to Eric Newman's ledgers of the Col Green patterns purchased by he and B.G. Johnson.

Examples were also struck in silver J1205/P1345 and aluminum J1207/P1347.

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