Pattern coins are a fascinating part of numismatics as they were struck to test the various designs, motifs, and innovations proposed over the years for our coinage.
All patterns are scarce with most being very rare. Pattern collecting is definitely an extremely advanced segment of American Numismatics.
R-6. A scarce and desirable pattern as it was designed nearly three decades before the Two Cent denomination was finally issued by the Mint. The obverse features a small eagle on a cloud, reminiscent of the Draped Bust silver dollar reverse design. The reverse has TWO CENTS in the center surrounded by a laurel wreath. Struck in copper with a plain edge.
Low R-7. The obverse displays CENT at the top, the date at the bottom, and one star on each side of the center. The center is setup to be a ring planchet but remains unperforated. The reverse is blank except for dentils around the border. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. A light dusting of gold rests upon brilliant surfaces that are nearly mark-free. The single finest graded of this variety at PCGS.
R-4. Longacre's "French Head" obverse with Liberty facing right. A ribbon inscribed with LIBERTY drapes across her neck. I/2 DOLLAR is within a wreath on the reverse. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
CAC. R-3. Regular issue dies with a plain edge, but struck in bronze rather than the regular issue copper-nickel. Thin planchet variety struck with medallic alignment. This was the Mint's first time to experiment with bronze.
High R-7. The obverse die is from the Seated Liberty design used for regular-issue coinage in 1863. The reverse features the standard perched eagle motif with the addition of a scroll with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST inscribed. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
Similar to the regular issue that came out the following year except that CENTS is curved on the reverse and the obverse motto reads GOD OUR TRUST.
Low R-7. Struck from the regular obverse die, and paired with the regular reverse die of 1866 with the motto above the eagle. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
Low R-6. Regular dies trial issue of the Large Motto two cent piece. Struck in copper-nickel (rather than bronze or copper) with a plain edge.
'Standard' Half Dollar struck in silver with a plain edge. High R-6. Bust of Liberty on the obverse with LIBERTY inscribed on her headband and a single star in front. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above and IN GOD WE TRUST is on a scroll below. 50 CENTS is within a wreath on the reverse with the date below and STANDARD SILVER above.
"Standard Silver". Low R-6. Struck in silver. The obverse features the head of Liberty with a diadem in her hair and no stars on the tiara. A scroll with IN GOD WE TRUST curves beneath the bust. On the reverse, the date lies below 10 Cents in the center of the wreath and STANDARD is at the top center. This example blends rich fuchsia and deep blue across fully mirrored fields and sharp devices. Eye appeal is excellent.
High R-6. Head of Liberty wearing a diadem on the obverse. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds with IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. 10 CENTS inside a wreath on the reverse. STANDARD SILVER above and date below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
Cameo. High R-7. A bust of Liberty faces right wearing a LIBERTY-inscribed diadem, her hair is tightly bound with a ribbon. IN GOD WE TRUST is placed within a scroll below, while UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds the portrait. The reverse has a wreath of corn and cotton with 50 / CENTS / 1870 inside and STANDARD centered above. Struck in copper with a plain edge.
High R-7. Bust of Liberty faces right wearing a headband inscribed LIBERTY. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above and IN GOD WE TRUST is below on a scroll. Reverse has 50 CENTS inside a wreath with STANDARD SILVER above and the date below. Struck in silver with a plain edge. Outstanding quality with a beautiful blue and gold patina dancing off highly reflective surfaces.
CAC. High R-7. Ex: Denali Collection. The obverse is William Barbers beautiful Seated Liberty design surrounded by 13 stars. The reverse is the regular Seated Liberty With Motto quarter. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. Beautifully preserved with radiant luster and nice contrast. Problem-free with no oxidation.
High R-6. The regular issue reverse is paired with Longacre's Indian Princess obverse. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
High R-7. The obverse is Longacre's beautiful Indian Princess design with a starless field and the date below. The reverse has 25 CENTS within a wreath and STANDARD above. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
R-7. This beautiful William Barber designed obverse resembles the famous Sailor Head design. Thirteen tiny stars circle the perimeter with the date under the bust. The reverse is the regular issue Seated Liberty Dime. A coin without a country as UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is absent. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.