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 AMAZONIAN 25C J-1196 PR67 Brown

GEM GLOSSY SURFACES WITH RED MINT LUSTER STILL EVIDENT. THE COIN ALSO APPEARS TO HAVE CAMEO DEVICES. RARITY-7 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.
$27,500.00

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 LIBERTY $1, J-1210 PR66 RBCAM

GEM, MOSTLY RED SURFACES. HIGH RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$77,000.00

1873 $2 1/2 J-1333 PR66 Brown

GEM LIGHT BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-8. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$23,000.00

1873 LIBERTY $2.5 GILT J-1333 PR63

VERY CHOICE GILT SURFACES. THIS IS APPARENTLY THE ONLY GILT SPECIMEN KNOWN. RARITY-8. CAC.
$21,950.00

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.
$21,950.00

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.
$21,950.00

1874 LIBERTY $20 J-1381 PR66+ Brown

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

1875 20C J-1392 PR65

SAILOR HEAD. GEM SURFACES WITH RADIANT SEA GREEN TONING. RARITY-6. ELIASBERG PEDIGREE. CAC.
$21,950.00

1875 25C J-1417 PR63 Cameo

STRUCK IN ALUMINUM. REGULAR ISSUE DIES. CHOICE CAMEO DEVICES. RARITY-8. CAC.
$21,950.00

1875 G$1 GILT J-1432 PR64

REGULAR DIES. STRUCK IN COPPER. GLISTENING GOLDEN GILT SURFACES. RARITY-7. CAC.
$16,500.00

1875 LIBERTY $2.5 J-1435, ALUMINUM PR66 Deep Cameo

ALUMINUM PLANCHET. GEM DEEP MIRRORED SURFACES WITH FROSTY CAMEO DEVICES. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AND ONLY ONE WITH A DEEP CAMEO DESIGNATION.
$41,250.00

1875 LIBERTY $5 J-1442, ALUMINUM PR66 Deep Cameo

ALUMINUM. GEM DEEP CAMEO SURFACES. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AND ONLY ONE WITH A DEEP CAMEO DESIGNATION.
$44,000.00

1875 LIBERTY G$1 J-1433, ALUMINUM PR66+ Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF SURFACES. ALUMINUM PLANCHET. RARITY-8. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$49,500.00

1875 SAILOR HEAD $5 J-1439 PR66 Red Brown

GEM PROOF RED-BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-7.
$24,750.00

1875 SEATED LIBERTY 25C J-1199, ALUMINUM PR67+ Deep Cameo

AMAZING GEM PROOF SURFACES WITH SNOW FROSTED DEVICES. STRUCK IN ALUMINUM. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$23,000.00

1876 - $1 J-1463 PR62 Brown

J-1458a. REEDED EDGE. LOVELY REDDISH BROWN PATINA. HIGH RARITY-7.
$29,950.00

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

GEM RICH RED BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-8. MOST LIKELY UNIQUE.
$24,750.00