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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1871 LONGACRE S$1 J-1147 PR66+ Red Brown

GEM RED BROWN SURFACES WITH A TINGE OF ROSE/BLUE IRIDESCENT PATINA. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$27,500.00

1871 LONGACRE S$1, J-1144 PR65 Cameo

LONGACRE INDIAN PRINCESS DESIGN. GEM WHITE CAMEO SURFACES. STRUCK IN ALUMINUM. UNIQUE.
$43,950.00

1871 LONGACRE SILVER 5C J-1067, SILVER PR65+

GEM BRIGHT WHITE CAMEO SURFACES. RARITY-8. SOLE HIGHEST AND ONLY CAMEO GRADED. CAC.
$24,500.00

1871 S$1 J-1135 PR66 Brown

LONGACRE DESIGN. GEM GLOSSY BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-7. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$21,950.00

1871 S$1 J-1138C PR65 Brown

LONGACRE DESIGN. GEM CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-8. ONLY TWO KNOWN TO EXIST. BOTH GRADED PR65BN BY PCGS.
$55,000.00

1871 S$1 J-1138C PR65 Brown

FABULOUS LONGACRE DOLLAR. LOVELY REDDISH/BROWN PATINA. RARITY-8. ONE TWO BELIEVE TO EXIST.
$55,000.00

1871 S$1 J-1147 PR66 Brown

LONGACRE PRINCESS DESIGN.GEM LIGHT BROWN SURFACES WITH SOME RED PIERCING THROUGH. HIGH RARITY-6.
$21,950.00

1871 S$1 J-1148 PR66 Red Brown

LONGACRE INDIAN PRINCESS DESIGN. GEM RED BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-7. JUST A SINGLE 66+ COIN GRADED HIGHER. GARRETT SPECIMEN.
$28,600.00

1872 $1 J-1217 PR65 Red Brown

BARBER COMMERCIAL $1. RARITY-8. HIGHEST GRADED WITH CAC STICKER. CAC.
$57,500.00

1872 50C J-1201 PR67 Brown

AMAZONIAN DESIGN. GEM LIGHT BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-7.
$65,000.00

1872 50C J-1201 PR67 Red Brown

AMAZONIAN DESIGN. RARITY-7. ONLY ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER. GEM REDDISH BROWN SURFACES.
$65,000.00

1872 AMAZONIAN $1 J-1206 PR65+ Brown

GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH MINT RED STILL EVIDENT. DEVICES APPEAR TO BE CAMEO. RARITY-7. ONLY ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$76,500.00

1872 AMAZONIAN $1 J-1206 PR65+ Brown

GEM REDDISH BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-7. A FABULOUS EXAMPLE OF POSSIBLY THE MOST DESIRABLE PATTERN DESIGN BY WILLIAM BARBER.
$76,500.00

1872 AMAZONIAN $10 J-1246 PR64 Brown

NEAR GEM AMAZONIAN $10 WITH LOTS OF MINT RED APPARENT. RARITY-7. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$41,250.00

1872 AMAZONIAN $3 J-1237, ALUMINUM PR65 Cameo

BLAZING LUSTROUS SURFACES. GEM CAMEO DEVICES. RARITY-8. A FABULOUS SPECIMEN FOR A VERY IMPORTANT PATTERN DESIGN.
$62,500.00

1872 AMAZONIAN 25C J-1196 PR67 Brown

GEM GLOSSY SURFACES WITH RED MINT LUSTER STILL EVIDENT. THE COIN ALSO APPEARS TO HAVE CAMEO DEVICES. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$65,950.00

1872 LIBERTY HEAD $5 PR67+ Brown

GEM SURFACES WITH MUCH RED COLOR PIERCING THROUGH. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$26,400.00

1872 S$1 J-1205 PR62

AMAZONIAN STRUCK IN SILVER. RARITY-7. ONLY A SOLE PR65CAM GRADED HIGHER. SELDOM EVER OFFERED.
$76,950.00

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.
$21,950.00