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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 39, September 26, 1999, Article 4

WHERE DID AMAZONIAN PATTERN NAME FIRST APPEAR?  

   Speaking of the Parmelee Sale, Michael Marotta writes: 
   "I am working on a feature about the Amazonian patterns and I 
   understand from Saul Tiechman that these coins got their names 
   (as did others) at the Parmelee sale.  Can you suggest a way for 
   me to validate that the term "Amazonian" comes from the 1890 
   New York Stamp & Coin company sale of Parmelee's coins?"  

   From my copy of the sale I verified that the term did appear 
   in the catalog, but I don't know how to prove it originated 
   there;  does anyone know of a printed reference to the term 
   "Amazonian" in reference to these patterns prior to this sale? 
   From the description of lot 231, 1890 Parmelee sale:  

  "1872 Barber's set. Dollar, Half, and Quarter Dol.: Amazonian 
   figure of Liberty seated l. caressing an eagle, and resting on 
   shield and sword with her l. arm: stars around border. Rx 
   defiant eagle clasps three arrows and supports a shield labelled 
   IN GOD WE TRUST: values below: silver: proofs: very rare; 
   3 pcs."      The lot realized $13.50.  It is not plated. 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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