1872 Amazonian Silver Set

In this year, William Barber produced one of the most beautiful of pattern designs. They have been known as the "Amazonian" design since 1890 when they were referred to in this manner by David Proskey and Harlan P. Smith in their 1890 sale of the Lorin G. Parmelee collection. It is the first of the so-called "named" patterns.

This set consists of the quarter J1195/P1335, half dollar J1200/P1340 and silver dollar J1205/P1345 as illustrated below with a copper set. About a dozen sets were struck in silver and copper and only 2 or 3 sets were made in aluminum.

Original sets today are very rare. A set in silver and copper is in the Durham Museum and available for viewing on an individual basis here and a copper set is in the Connecticut State Library.

For pedigree information for all denominations, click here.

Photos courtesy of PCGS.