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 SEATED 50C, J-1204 PR66+ Cameo

REGULAR SEATED LIBERTY DIES BUT STRUCK IN ALUMINUM. GEM WHITE LUSTROUS CANEO SURFACES. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$17,500.00

1872 SEATED LIBERTY $1, J-1210 PR66 RBCAM

GEM, MOSTLY RED SURFACES. HIGH RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$71,500.00

1873 $2 1/2 J-1333 PR66 Brown

GEM LIGHT BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-8. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$21,450.00

1873 10C NO ARROWS J-1269 PR64 Cameo

GEM WHITE CAMEO PROOF. RARITY-8. ONLY KNOWN COIN GRADED. CAC.
$9,850.00

1873 SEATED 50C J-1272 PR67 Brown

NO ARROWS. GEM REDDISH BROWN SURFACES. HIGH RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$14,950.00

1873 SEATED 50C, J-1272 PR66 Red

J-1272. NO ARROWS STRUCK IN COPPER. RARITY-7. ONLY SPECIMAN GRADED WITH RED DESIGNATION.
$19,500.00

1874 BICKFORD $10 J-1374 PR66 Brown

BICKFORD DESIGN. J-1374. GEM CHOCOLATE SURFACES. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$35,750.00

1874 G$1 J-1365 PR65 Brown

GEM LIGHT BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-8. BASS PEDIGREE.
$19,500.00

1874 LIBERTY $2.5, J-1367 PR61 Red Brown

WELL STRUCK WITH RADIANT RED BROWN SURFACE. RARITY-8.
$10,950.00

1874 LIBERTY $20 J-1381 PR66+ Brown

GEM PROOF SURFACES WITH CAMEO DEVICES. RARITY-8. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$54,500.00

1875 25C J-1417 PR63 Cameo

STRUCK IN ALUMINUM. REGULAR ISSUE DIES. CHOICE CAMEO DEVICES. RARITY-8. CAC.
$19,250.00

1875 SAILOR HEAD $5 J-1439 PR66 Red Brown

GEM PROOF RED-BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-7.
$24,000.00

1876 SAILOR HEAD $1, J-1458a PR62 Brown

J-1458a. REEDED EDGE. LOVELY REDDISH BROWN PATINA. HIGH RARITY-7.
$27,500.00

1876 SEATED 25C, J-1455 PR64+ Red Brown

GEM RICH RED BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-8. MOST LIKELY UNIQUE.
$24,000.00

1877 50C J-1538 PR65 Brown

LIBERTY WITH A PHRYGIAN CAP. GEM CHOCOLATE SURFACES. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. KING FAROUK PEDIGREE.
$29,950.00

1877 50C J-1541 PR65 Brown

PAQUET DESIGNED. RARITY-7. CAC.
$33,950.00

1877 LIBERTY 50C J-1539 PR65+ Red Brown

GEM, VIRTUALLY FLAWLESS SURFACES. LARGE LIBERTY HEAD WITH A WIDE BAND ON CAP. SOLE RED/BROWN COIN GRADED. RARITY-8. CAC.
$42,500.00

1877 S$1 J-1542 PR66 Brown

SAILOR HEAD DESIGN. RARITY-7.
$29,950.00

1877 SAILOR HEAD 10C PR66+ Brown

GEM IRIDESCENTLY BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$16,500.00

1878 $5 GILT J-1574 PR63

BARBER FLOWING HAIR DESIGN. CHOICE GILTED SURFACES. HIGH RARITY-6. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$19,750.00

1878 BARBER $5 J-1574 RD66 Cameo

LIBERTY HEAD DESIGN. GEM RED CAMEO PROOF SURFACES. RARITY-6. SIX SPECIMENS ARE HOUSED IN INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS AND NOT AVAILABLE TO THE MARKET. TIED WITH ONE OTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$29,500.00