Click to enlargeJ1604/P1799

The "Washlady" dollar in copper considered today to be one of the most beautiful designs ever made by the US Mint. At that time, however, the design was not well received as, apparently, Liberty's hair and the way it was tied back was considered to be disheveled.

The Washlady name dates back to the April 1891 New York Coin and Stamp auction of the F.W. Doughty collection and was probably given by David Proskey.

This design is R-6 in both silver J1603/P1798 and copper with between 12 to 15 believed to exist. A single example in white metal J1604A/P1800 ex Kaufman is also known.

1) Auction 89, Virginia collection - PCGS65RED

2) 75 ANA, Fairfield, NERCA 5/78, private collection - NGC65RB stolen (would grade higher today)

3) Hughes 7/80?, Ivy 3/81?, Heritage 1/83, Superior 10/89, Auction 90, Heritage 6/97 FPL - PCGS66RB (there could be 2 coins here)

4) Farouk, Dibello, Sieck-81 ANA cleaned

5) T.R. Walsh

6) Bass sale, Heritage 2/01 - PCGS67BN

7) Lohr, River Oaks-B/R 11/76, B/R 11/86 - gem proof with blue tone on right side of obverse

8) Faraday-94 ANA, Superior 2/00, B/M 9/01, Heritage 6/02 - PCGS65RB

9) B/M 5/93, B/M 11/94, B/M 8/95

10) 93 ANA as PCGS65RB, Superior 1/94 now PCGS66RB

11) Queller-Heritage 1/09 - PCGS66RB, same as 3?, it appears to match the Auction 90 plate.

12) 59 ANA, Stirling-Heritage 5/09 - NGC65RED, illustrated above.

Photo courtesy of Heritage.