Wash Lady Dollar Patterns
1879 $1 Washlady Dollar, Judd-1604, Pollock-1799, High R.6

Liberty's lush hair is piled atop her head, with IN GOD WE TRUST above and 13 stars around. On the reverse a perched eagle holds an olive branch with seven leaves, and three arrows pass behind the wing. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR are at the rim. The Latin motto is in a wide inner arc above the eagle. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

PR65 Red $57,500.00 (May 28, 2009 HA.com)
1879 $1 Washlady Dollar, Judd-1603, Pollock-1798

Liberty's lush hair is piled atop her head, with IN GOD WE TRUST above and 13 stars around. On the reverse a perched eagle holds an olive branch with seven leaves, and three arrows pass behind the wing. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR are at the rim, with the Latin motto in a wide inner arc above the eagle. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

The ninth edition of Judd's United States Pattern Coins comments favorably concerning the "Washlady" patterns:

"Assistant engraver Charles E. Barber's suite of silver patterns of the dime, quarter dollar, half dollar, and silver dollar denominations stands today as among his finest work. In the late 19th century, this depiction of Liberty was dubbed the 'Washlady' design, a rather unfortunate designation, as the woman depicted is elegantly coiffed, and certainly not styled as a laundress might have been. The addition of the ten-cent or dime denomination to these patterns is quite unusual, as after the Standard Silver series, relatively few new pattern designs were made of this value."

While Charles Barber's reputation has perhaps been unduly tarnished by those of us in the numismatic press who pit him regularly against Augustus Saint-Gaudens, it is nonetheless a truism that both he and his father were Englishmen at heart, both native Britons whose styles were firmly rooted in Victorian tradition. Their work receives mixed reviews, but the greatness of Saint-Gaudens is, perhaps, an unfair yardstick. Charles Barber was born in London on Nov. 16, 1840, the son of William and Anna May Coultart Barber. William was born in London on May 2, 1807, the son of engraver John Barber. The Barbers came to the United States in 1852, when William was 45 and son Charles was 12.

The USPatterns.com website estimates that 12 to 15 specimens are known.

PR64 $29,900.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
Source for information and pictures courtesy of  Heritage Coin Auctions
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