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 10C J-647 PR66+

GEM SATIN SURFACES. RARITY-6. CAC.
$13,750.00

1868 10C J-647 PR67+

GEM PROOF. RARITY-6. STRUCK IN NICKEL. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$18,700.00

1868 5C J-626 PR64+ Red Brown

REGULAR ISSUE DESIGN FOR A 3C NICKEL. GEM REDDISH BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$7,950.00

1868 G$1 J-653 PR65

STANDARD DESIGN STRUCK IN ALUMINUM. GEM CAMEO PROOF SURFACES. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. GARRETT PEDIGEE WITH DOCUMENTATION BACK TO 1882.
$13,750.00

1869 $2.5 J-770 PR66 Deep Cameo

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

1869 10C J-696 PR66

STANDARD DIME. RARITY-5. CAC.
$3,850.00

1869 10C J-716A PR65

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

1869 SEATED 10C J-717a PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. RUOLZ'S ALLOY. STRUCK IN NICKEL. RARITY-7. CAC.
$10,950.00

1870 25C J-888 PR67

STANDARD SILVER. FABULOUS COLOR. R-5. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$8,500.00

1870 25C J-889 PR66

STANDARD DESIGN. RARITY-7. JUST 2 GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$7,150.00

1870 2C J-793 PR62

VERY UNIQUE PLACHET USING BONDED SILVER ON ONE SIDE AND COPPER ON THE OTHER. HIGH RARITY-7. ONLY ONE OTHER COIN GRADED.
$14,250.00

1870 50C J-934 PR65

BARBER SEATED DESIGN. GEM SURFACES WITH WATERY MIRRORS. RARITY-7. CAC.
$10,450.00

1870 50C J-947 PR66 Brown

STANDARD DESIGN. RARITY-7. HIGHEST GRADED. BASS PEDIGREE. CAC.
$10,950.00

1870 50C J-989 PR66 Red Brown

STANDARD DESIGN. GEM REDDISH BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-7. ONLY ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER. BASS PEDIGREE.
$10,950.00

1870 50C J-995 PR65

REGULAR SEATED LIBERTY DIES BUT STRUCK IN NICKEL. WHILE RARITY-8, IT IS THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE. MOST LIKELY IT IS UNIQUE. CAC.
$29,950.00

1870 LIBERTY $20 GILT J-1038, GILT PR64

GEM BRIGHT GILT SURFACES. SOLE HIGHEST GILT SPECIMEN GRADED AT PCGS. RARITY-7. BASS PEDIGREE.
$49,500.00

1870 LIBERTY $5 GILT J-1032 PR64

GEM GILT PROOF SURFACES. REGULAR DIES. HIGH RARITY-7. ONLY GILT SPECIMEN GRADED. CAC.
$22,950.00

1870 LONGACRE S$1 J-1017 PR66 Red Brown

GEM LUSTROUS RED BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. BEAUTIFUL INDIAN PRINCESS DESIGN. CAC.
$21,450.00

1870 S$1 J-1018 PR67

LONGACRE INDIAN PRINCESS. RARITY-7. FINEST KNOWN. CAC.
$95,000.00

1870 SEATED 25C J-886 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. BARBER LIBERTY SEATED DESIGN. RARITY-7. CAC.
$11,950.00

1870 SEATED H10C J-823 PR67 Cameo

GEM WHITE CAMEO PROOF. STRUCK IN ALUMINUM. RARITY-8. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$17,500.00