Estimated grade. BARBER AMAZONIAN LIBERTY HEAD LEFT. Unique.
David Akers (1975/88): Description: Obverse. Identical to J-1224. Reverse. Similar to J-1224 except for the denomination which reads THREE DOL. The star to the right of DOL. is also much closer to the second A in AMERICA than on the other five patterns in the set. There are also fourteen stripes on the reverse shield.
Comments: In addition to being part of the only complete set of uniformly designed U.S. gold patterns, this piece is extremely significant in that it is the only gold pattern of this denomination. (The other three dollar gold piece that is generally listed as a pattern, J-440, is in reality a restrike and was struck sometime after 1872 rather than in 1865.)
The only known specimen of this pattern is owned by Paramount International Coin Corporation who purchased it from Dr. Wilkison in 1973. Prior to being acquired by Dr. Wilkison in 1954 for 220 pounds or approximately $631.40, this pattern was owned by King Farouk and, previously, by William H. Woodin of New York City who owned the entire 1872 pattern gold set.
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 220 Egyptian Pounds (approximately $631.40) 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), sold intact in 1973 - Paramount International Coin Corporation - Ed Trompeter Collection - Superior Galleries - Heritage - Simpson Collection