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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1872 50C J-1201 PR67 Red Brown

AMAZONIAN DESIGN. RARITY-7. ONLY ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$59,500.00

1875 25C J-1417 PR63 Cameo

STRUCK IN ALUMINUM. REGULAR ISSUE DIES. CHOICE CAMEO DEVICES. RARITY-8. CAC.
$12,950.00

1877 50C J-1541 PR65 Brown

PAQUET DESIGNED. RARITY-7. CAC.
$32,500.00

1877 LIBERTY 50C J-1539 PR66 Red Brown

GEM, VIRTUALLY FLAWLESS SURFACES. LARGE LIBERTY HEAD WITH A WIDE BAND ON CAP. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. RARITY-8.
$37,500.00

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+.
$26,500.00

1879 S$1 J-1614 PR66 Red Brown

GEM MORGAN DESIGN. RARITY-7. BASS PEDIGREE. HIGHEST CAC. CAC
$19,950.00

1879 WASHLADY 25c, J-1591 PR66 RBCAM

J-1591. SUPERB GEM LUSTEROUS SURFACES. RARITY 6-7. SOLE HIGHEST CAMEO GRADED AT NGC.
$26,500.00

1879 WASHLADY DESIGN S$1, J-1604 PR65 Red

GEM RED. J-1604. RARITY-6. ONLY COIN GRADED WITH FULL RED DESIGNATION BY EITHER SERVICE. CAC.
$82,500.00

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.
$26,000.00