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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1879 WASHLADY 10C, J-1584 PR67 Cameo

GEM MIRRORED SURFACES WITH FROSTY CAMEO DEVICES. ONLY A PR67+CAM GRADED HIGHER. HIGH RARITY-6.
$29,950.00

1879 WASHLADY 25C J-1591 PR67 Red Brown

GEM FLASHY MOSTLY RED CAMEO PROOF SURFACES. J-1591. RARITY-7. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$49,500.00

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.
$121,000.00

1879 WASHLADY S$1 J-1603 PR66+

THE FINEST WASHLADY DOLLAR KNOWN. GEM PRISTINE SURFACES WITH LIGHT BLUE/ROSE PATINA. CAC.
$175,000.00

1880 $5 J-1663 PR66 Red Brown

LIBERTY HEAD DESIGN. GEM RED BROWN SURFACES. RARITY-8. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. BASS PEDIGREE.
$31,250.00

1880 GOLOID METRIC $1 J-1652 PR66+ Red

GEM RED PROOF SURFACES. RARITY-6. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$34,000.00

1880 GOLOID S$1 J-1650 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. METRIC DESIGN BY MORGAN. RARITY-7. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$19,750.00

1880 GOLOID S$1 J-1650 PR65 Cameo

GEM WHITE CAMEO PROOF. METRIC DESIGN BY MORGAN. RARITY-7. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$19,750.00

1880 INDIAN PRINCESS $3 MS65 Proof Like

GEM PROOFLIKE SURFACES. ONLY 1,OOO COINS STRUCK. SOLE AND HIGHEST GRADED PROOFLIKE AT PCGS.
$38,500.00

1880 LIBERTY $5 J-1663 PR65 Brown

LIBERTY DESIGN. EXTREMELY RARE. RARITY-8. HIGHEST CAC. FAROUK PEDIGREE. CAC.
$31,250.00

1882 SHIELD EARRING 25C J-1698 PR65 Cameo

GEM WHITE CAMEO PROOF. RARITY-7. ELIASBERG PEDIGREE.
$96,250.00

1885 $3 J-1753 PR63

REGULAR DIES STRUCK IN ALUMINUM. RARITY-8.
$29,500.00

1885 $3 J-1753 PR64

CHOICE ALUMINUM SURFACES. RARITY-8. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$39,500.00

1885 J-1755 $10 PR66 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. RARITY-8. ALUMINUM. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$32,950.00

1885 LIBERTY $10, J-1755 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO ALUMINUM SURFACES. RARITY-8.
$25,850.00

1885 SNOWDEN S$1 J-1747 PR65+

GEM PROOF SURFACES. REGULAR DIES, BUT WITH "E PLURIBUS UNUM"
$32,950.00

1890 INDIAN 1C J-1758 MS64+

STRUCK IN COPPER-NICKEL. NEAR GEM SURFACES. RARITY-8. FINEST OF THREE KNOWN.
$19,750.00