1879 P10C Washlady Dime, Judd-1585, Pollock-1778, High R.6, PR64 Red and Brown Cameo NGC. CAC. Design. The Washlady design, in which Liberty's hair is bound behind her head, is attributed to Charles Barber. The left-facing Liberty head is surrounded by the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with the date situated below. On the reverse is a wreath around a beaded circle that contains ONE DIME with E PLURIBUS UNUM framed above. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Commentary. Although considered a beautiful design today, the Washlady nomenclature originated in an April 1891 coin auction and was likely considered uncomplimentary at the time. Slightly more than a dozen examples are believed to exist today. There are 14 certification events for Judd-1585 at NGC and PCGS, and the present specimen is the only one designated as a Cameo proof. Physical Description. A dark spot in the hair and splashes of dark toning on the reverse prevent a full Red designation of this near-Gem Cameo proof. Both sides are deep orange with hints of reddish patina. A few additional dark toning flecks appear on both sides, attesting to the original surfaces of this example. From The Eric P. Newman Collection.
From Newman I (Heritage Auctions, 4/2013), lot 4016, realized $9106.25. Image and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, https://ha.com.
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