Click to enlargeJ1597/P1791

Barber's "Washlady" design which was the latest attempt to create a uniform silver coinage from dime to dollar. To view the set, click here.

Today it is considered to be one of the more beautiful designs ever made by the US Mint. At that time of its striking, 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 given by David Proskey.

Examples were struck as follows:

Silver J1597/P1791 with some 12 to 15 known including examples in the Smithsonian, Durham Museum and Harry W Bass Jr Research Foundation.

Copper J1598/P1792 also with 12 to 15 believed to exist.

White metal J1598A/P1793 which is unique and ex Kaufman-RARCOA 8/78, Kagin 7/79, Ivy 2/82, Heritage 7/03, Rau-Heritage 4/18. It has some rim damage.

The illustrated example is the former Lohr, Byron Johnson-Hughes 1/79, Morris Evans-B/M 8/98 example last offered in Heritage 9/14 sale.

Photo courtesy of Superior.