Click to enlargeJ1603/P1798

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.

The following examples are known.

1) Smithsonian

2) Smithsonian ex Chase Manhattan Bank

3) ANS ex Fecht

4) Merkin 2/71, Bass Foundation

5) Woodward, Garrett-Johns Hopkins, Bowers 11/97 as PCGS65, Parrino, Superior 1/03 as NGC66, Simpson-Heritage 8/31 - PCGS65, illustrated above

6) Dibello, Sieck-81 ANA

7) Fred-Bowers 1/95 sale - PCGS62

8) Bowers 5/95 sale - PCGS55

9) Bowers 10/77 Fairfield sale, probably the same as the Auction 82 piece.

10) 87 ANA, Queller-Heritage 1/09 - NGC64

11) Bowers 1973 Terrell sale, Stacks 6/99, Bowers 3/00, Bowers 9/01 - NGC65

12) M. Turoff-Heritage 10/10 - NGC66

Additional pieces likely from the following sales:

52 ANA; Dr. Judd's; Stacks 1965 Ewalt sale; Farouk-Bolender 10/55; Merkin 9/68 sale; Stacks 1954 Anderson-Dupont sale; Kreisberg 6/65 sale

These were also struck in copper J1604/P1799 with between 12 to 15 known and white metal J1604A/P1800 which is unique and ex RARCOA 8/78 Kaufman, Superior Auction 79.

The illustrated example is believed to be the finest available and is courtesy of Jay Parrino's The Mint LLC.