Patterns

“Open for me your cabinet of Patterns, and I open for you a record, which, but for these half-forgotten witnesses, would have disappeared under the finger of Time. ....Now, only these live to tell the tale of what might have been.” Those words of Mint Curator Patterson DuBois in the January 1883 American Journal of Numismatics still speak volumes about this often neglected area of U.S. numismatics. Even more than their intended-for-commerce brethren, patterns reflect the events, economics and personalities of their time. The status, origins, the very definition of these frequently enigmatic pieces have been a subject of fascination and debate ever since the little-known Mint products first came to the attention of collectors in the 1830s.

In his 1994 reference United States Patterns and Related Issues, numismatic researcher Andrew W. Pollock III defines a pattern as “an experimental piece which either illustrates a proposed coinage design, or which embo.... (Expand Text)

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1836 G$1 J-67 PR65

LIBERTY CAP GOLD. RARITY-5. CAC.
$26,950.00

1836 G$1 J-67 PR66 Cameo

LIBERTY CAP. GEM CAMEO. RARITY-5.
$39,950.00

1836 G$1 J-67 PR66 Cameo

LIBERTY CAP GOLD. RARITY-5. SOLE HIGHEST CAC COIN. CAC.
$45,000.00

1836 G$1 J-70 PR65 Brown

LIBERTY CAP DESIGN. STRUCK IN COPPER. RARITY-7. CAC.
$10,950.00

1838 50C J-80 RESTRIKE PR64

LIBERTY DESIGN. RARITY-7. HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$23,500.00

1838 GOBRECHT S$1, J-84 RESTRIKE PR64

J-84 RESTRIKE. ONLY 4 GRADED HIGHER.
$69,500.00

1838 GOBRECHT S$1, J-84 RESTRIKE PR64

J-84 DIE ALIGNMENT III. RAREST DATE GOBRECHT. RARITY-5.
$64,500.00

1838 GOBRECHT S$1, J-85 RESTRIKE PR65

RESTRIKE. J-85. RARITY-7. JUST 4-6 STRUCK! CAC.
$199,500.00

1852 G$1 J-138 THIN PR65

THIN SILVER RING $1. RARITY-7. CAC.
$14,500.00

1852 G$1 J-140 PR66

GEM COPPER-NICKEL RING $1. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST CAC.
$16,450.00

1852 G$1 J-147 PR66 Red Brown

GEM RING $1 STRUCK IN COPPER. RARITY-7. CAC.
$12,500.00

1852 J-140 G$1 PR65+

RING $1 STRUCK IN SILVER. RARITY 7. ONLY 1 HIGHER. CAC.
$11,950.00

1852 RING G$1 J-148B PR63

RARITY-8. TIED WITH 1 OTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED. ONLY CAC.
$24,500.00

1858 50C J-222 PR63

REGULAR LIBERTY SEATED OBV DIE. HIGHEST GRADED. RARITY-7.
$16,950.00

1859 50C J-240B PR64 Brown

UNIQUE. FRENCH LIBERTY HEAD. BASS PEDIGREE.
$18,950.00

1859 50C J-251 9164

PAQUET DESIGNED. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$10,950.00

1859 PAQUET 50C J-249, J-249 PR63

FABULOUS COLOR. RARITY-7. ONLY ONE GRADED BY PCGS. ONLY CAC.
$11,950.00

1863 25C J-337 9165

SEATED LIBERTY DESIGN. RARITY-7. TIED FOR HIGHEST. ONLY CAC.
$12,500.00

1863 50C J-338 PR65

GEM SILVER 50C. GOD OUR TRUST. RARITY-5. HIGHEST GRADED. CAC
$8,250.00

1864 H10C J-378 9165

SEATED LIBERTY DESIGN. STRUCK IN COPPER. RARITY-7. CAC.
$4,950.00

1865 50C J-429 PR66

TRANSITIONAL 50C. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$17,500.00