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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1877 50C J-1541 PR65 Brown

PAQUET DESIGNED. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST AT PCGS. CAC.
$35,000.00

1879 25C J-1591 PR66 Red Brown

WASHLADY. GEM SURFACES. RARITY-7. ONLY 1 HIGHER. HIGHEST CAC. CAC.
$27,500.00

1879 50C J-1598 PR66 Red Brown

WASHLADY DESIGN. GEM RED BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-6+.
$27,500.00

1879 S$1 J-1604 PR65 Red

WASHLADY DESIGN. GEM RED. ONLY COIN GRADED WITH FULL RED DESIGNATION BY EITHER SERVICE. CAC.
$82,500.00

1879 S$1 J-1614 PR66 Red Brown

GEM MORGAN DESIGN. RARITY-7. BASS PEDIGREE. HIGHEST CAC. CAC
$21,000.00

1880 $5 J-1663 PR65 Brown

LIBERTY DESIGN. EXTREMELY RARE. RARITY-8. HIGHEST CAC.
$28,500.00

1880 GOLOID S$1 J-1650 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. METRIC DESIGN BY MORGAN. RARITY-7.
$17,500.00

1885 $10 J-1755 PR66

GEM PROOF. RARITY-8. ALUMINUM. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$27,500.00

1896 1C J-1767A PR65

VERY UNIQUE STYLE 1 CENT THAT IS STRUCK IN NICKEL. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR SECOND HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC. RARITY-7. CAC.
$7,950.00