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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1838 GOBRECHT S$1, J-84 RESTRIKE PR64

J-84 RESTRIKE. ONLY 6 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$69,500.00

1838 GOBRECHT S$1, J-84 RESTRIKE PR64

J-84 DIE ALIGNMENT III. RAREST DATE GOBRECHT. RARITY-5.
$67,500.00

1852 J-140 G$1 PR65+

RING $1 STRUCK IN SILVER. RARITY 7. ONLY 1 HIGHER. CAC.
$12,500.00

1836 G$1 J-67 PR66 Cameo

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

1863 25C J-337 PR65

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

1863 50C J-341 PR65 Brown

IN GOD OUR TRUST. RARITY-5.
$4,950.00

1865 50C J-429 PR66

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

1867 - 5C J-573A PR64 Brown

SHIELD DESIGN. RARITY-8. TIED WITH 2 FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$16,950.00

1867 $3 J-596 PR65 Brown

REGULAR DIES STRUCK IN COPPER. RARITY-7. ONLY 1 HIGHER.
$23,500.00

1867 S$1 J-593 PR65

LIBERTY SEATED DESIGN. J-593. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$24,950.00

1868 $5 J-656 PR66 Brown

PAQUET DESIGN. RARITY-7. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$18,500.00

1868 10C J-647 PR66

GEM PROOF. RARITY-6. STRUCK IN NICKEL. PLAIN EDGE. CAC.
$12,500.00

1868 10C J-647 PR66

GEM SATIN SURFACES. RARITY-6.
$11,500.00

1868 10C J-647 PR67

GEM PROOF. RARITY-6. STRUCK IN NICKEL. CAC.
$14,950.00

1869 $2 1/2 J-770 PR66 Deep Cameo

ALUMINUM. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$21,500.00

1869 50C J-757 PR65 Red Brown

STANDARD DESIGN. RARITY-7. JUST ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$6,500.00

1870 10C J-839 PR65 Red Brown

GEM STANDARD DESIGN. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$6,500.00

1870 10C J-847 PR64

STANDARD DESIGN. ALUMINUM. RARITY-7.
$4,350.00

1870 10C J-856 PR65

STANDARD DESIGN. BRIGHT AND FLASHY. RARITY-7. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$2,950.00

1870 25C J-889 PR66

STANDARD DESIGN. RARITY-7. JUST 2 GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$6,500.00

1870 50C J-929 PR64 Red Brown

BARBER SEATED LIBERTY. RARITY-HIGH 7. ONLY 1 HIGHER. CAC.
$8,950.00