Estimated grade. BARBER AMAZONIAN LIBERTY HEAD LEFT. Unique.
David Akers (1975/88): Description: Obverse. Identical to the gold dollar, J-1224. Reverse. Similar to the gold dollar except that the denomination reads 2 1/2 DOL. and there are fourteen stripes on the reverse shield rather than eleven.
Comments: Only two quarter eagle gold patterns have ever been struck by the U.S. Mint, this piece and the broad planchet 1878, J-1566.
Like all the 1872 gold patterns, this piece was owned at one time by William Woodin. When Woodin's collection was sold, the quarter eagle, along with the four higher denominations, ended up in the possession of King Farouk. After Farouk's ouster from power in 1952, his collection was sold by Sotheby's of London in Cairo, Egypt in 1954, and Baldwin and Company, bidding for Dr. Wilkison, purchased the 1872 quarter eagle for 205 Pounds or approximately $588.35.
William Woodin Collection (Woodin owned the complete set of Amazonian gold patterns) - King Farouk of Egypt Collection (Farouk owned all of the Amazonian gold patterns except for the gold Dollar) - Sotheby’s 1954, sold for 205 Egyptian Pounds (approximately $588.35) to Baldwin & Co. (as agent for the following) - Dr. John E. Wilkison Collection (Wilkison re-assembled the complete set of Amazonian gold patterns in 1962 when he purchased the gold Dollar from the Judd Collection) - Paramount International Coin Corporation - Ed Trompeter Collection - Superior Galleries - Heritage - Simpson Collection