1872 $10 Amazonian Ten Dollar, Judd-1246, Pollock-1388, Low R.7, PR62 Gilt NGC
William Barber's "Amazonian Gold" design has a bust of Liberty facing left, her hair flowing behind her head and below the bust truncation, wearing a Phrygian cap inscribed Liberty. There are 13 stars along the border and the date is below the bust. The reverse is similar to the Amazonian silver design with an eagle, wings spread, grasping three arrows in its right claw, its left leg raised up to support a shield. A ribbon crosses the shield with the inscription IN GOD WE TRUST. Around is the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and below is the denomination TEN DOL. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
The series of Amazonian silver and gold patterns are considered among the most beautiful designs ever created for U.S. coinage, and it is a shame that they never saw actual production for commerce. The Amazonian gold patterns were sold in six-piece sets, mostly produced in copper. Today, several of the copper examples are gilt, like this piece. About a dozen examples are known in all. According to Adams and Woodin, just one set was actually produced in gold, and two sets were produced in aluminum.