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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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

1869 $2 1/2 J-770 PR66

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

1869 10C J-716A PR65

GEM PROOF. RUOLZ'S ALLOY. STRUCK IN SILVER. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$13,950.00

1869 50C J-757 PR65 Red Brown

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

1869 J-767 $1 PR65

GEM ALUMINUM $1. RARITY-7. ONLY CAC.
$26,000.00

1869 SEATED 10C J-717a PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. RUOLZ'S ALLOY. STRUCK IN NICKEL. RARITY-7. CAC.
$12,500.00

1870 - 25C J-877 PR65

STANDARD SILVER. RARITY-7. ONLY 1 HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$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-888 PR67

STANDARD SILVER. FABULOUS COLOR. R-5. SOLE HIGHEST. CAC.
$6,950.00

1870 25C J-889 PR66

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

1870 50C J-947 PR66 Brown

STANDARD DESIGN. RARITY-7. HIGHEST GRADED. BASS PEDIGREE. CAC.
$13,500.00

1870 S$1 J-1018 PR67

LONGACRE INDIAN PRINCESS. RARITY-7. FINEST KNOWN. CAC.
$79,500.00

1870 SEATED 25C J-886 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. BARBER LIBERTY SEATED DESIGN. RARITY-7. CAC.
$12,500.00

1870 STANDARD 50C J-986 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM ULTRA CAMEO. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$13,950.00

1871 25C J-1094 PR64 Red Brown

LONGACRE DESIGN IN COPPER. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$10,500.00

1871 25C J-1099 PR66

LONGACRE DESIGN. HIGHEST GRADED. RARITY-7. CAC.
$13,500.00