Washlady Quarter Patterns
1879 25C Washlady Quarter Dollar, Judd-1591, Pollock-1784, Low R.7

The Washlady design is attributed to Charles Barber, with Liberty's hair bound behind the head. The obverse has UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the border with the date below the bust. The reverse has an eagle clutching an olive branch and three arrows. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA legend and E PLURIBUS UNUM motto follow inside the upper reverse border with the denomination expressed as QUAR. DOLLAR below. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
While not well received at the time of issue, the Washlady design has become one of the most popular and coveted pattern designs in any metal. Only 12 to 15 pieces are believed extant in copper.

PR64 Brown $8,625.00 (Apr 30, 2009 HA.com)
1879 25C Washlady Quarter Dollar, Judd-1590, Pollock-1783, High R.6

The Washlady design is attributed to Charles Barber, with Liberty's hair bound behind the head. The obverse has UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the border with the date below the bust. The reverse has an eagle clutching an olive branch and three arrows. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA legend and E PLURIBUS UNUM motto follow inside the upper reverse border with the denomination expressed as QUAR. DOLLAR below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

It is thought that the original "Washlady" name was given by David Proskey in the April 1891 New York Coin and Stamp Company catalog of the F.W. Doughty Collection. Dave Bowers writes in the ninth edition of the Judd reference: "Assistant engraver Charles E. Barber's suite of silver patterns of the dime, quarter dollar, half dollar, and 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."

PR66 $20,700.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
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