Click to enlargeJ1604/P1799

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.

This design is R-6 in both silver J1603/P1798 and copper with between 12 to 15 believed to exist including those listed below.

1) Auction 89, Virginia collection, Heritage 4/17 - PCGS65RED

2) 75 ANA, Fairfield, NERCA 5/78, private collection - NGC65RB stolen (would grade higher today)

3) Hughes 7/80?, Ivy 3/81?, Heritage 1/83, Superior 10/89, Auction 90, Heritage 6/97 FPL - PCGS66RB (there could be 2 coins here)

4) Farouk, Dibello, Sieck-81 ANA cleaned

5) T.R. Walsh

6) Bass sale, Heritage 2/01 as PCGS67BN, Simpson - PCGS68BN

7) Lohr, River Oaks-B/R 11/76, B/R 11/86 - gem proof with blue tone on right side of obverse

8) Faraday-94 ANA, Superior 2/00, B/M 9/01, Heritage 6/02 - PCGS65RB

9) B/M 5/93, B/M 11/94, B/M 8/95, ANR 8/04, Simpson-Heritage 1/21, LegendAuctions 7/21, LegendAuctions 12/21, Heritage 5/22 - PCGS65BN spotty including 2 carbon spots above the eagle's wing.

10) 93 ANA as PCGS65RB, Superior 1/94 as PCGS66RB, Heritage 1/08 - PCGS67RB

11) Queller-Heritage 1/09 - PCGS66RB, same as 3?, it appears to match the Auction 90 plate.

12) 59 ANA, Stirling-Heritage 5/09 as NGC65RED, Simpson-Heritage 9/20 - PCGS66RED, illustrated above.

A single example in white metal J1604A/P1800 ex RARCOA 8/78 Kaufman, Superior Auction 79 is also known.

Photo courtesy of Heritage.