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 DIE ALIGNMENT III. RAREST DATE GOBRECHT. RARITY-5.
$69,500.00

1873 T$1 J-1322 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. RARITY-4.
$8,950.00

1836 G$1 J-67 PR66+ Cameo

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

1851 1C J-128B PR64

1/10TH SILVER. VERY CHOICE. RARITY-8. ONLY ONE COIN GRADE HIGHER. CAC.
$14,950.00

1852 - $1 J-145 THICK PR66

GEM GOLD $1. THICK VARIETY. JUST ONE GRADED HIGHER. SOLE HIGHEST AT CAC. CAC.
$38,500.00

1852 G$1 J-138 THIN PR65

THIN SILVER RING $1. RARITY-7. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$14,950.00

1852 G$1 J-140 PR66

GEM COPPER-NICKEL RING $1. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC
$17,950.00

1852 RING G$1 J-148B PR63

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

1859 50C J-240B PR64 Brown

UNIQUE. FRENCH LIBERTY HEAD. BASS PEDIGREE.
$19,500.00

1859 PAQUET 50C, J-249 PR63

FABULOUS COLOR. RARITY-7. ONLY ONE GRADED BY PCGS. ONLY CAC.
$12,500.00

1863 25C J-337 PR65

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

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. CAC.
$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. CAC.
$12,500.00

1868 10C J-647 PR67

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

1868 LIBERTY SEATED S$1 J-652 PR67 Cameo

GEM WHITE CAMEO. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$24,500.00

1869 $2 1/2 J-770 PR66

ALUMINUM. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$22,500.00