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-5. Bust of Liberty facing left similar to the John Reich designed Bust Half but probably the work of Christian Gobrecht. Liberty wears a diadem rather than a cap as in the Reich design. The reverse shows an eagle with spread wings holding arrows and a branch in its claws. Struck in silver with a reeded edge and a 180 degree die rotation. This is a well struck, flashy example with brilliant luster and a light golden hue. A nice coating of mint frost on the design elements gives this piece outstanding eye appeal.
CAC. 92.28 grs., Original. The Braided Hair Large Cent obverse without the stars. This is a beautiful deep mirrored proof with nice medium brown surfaces and streaks of subdued red on both sides.
R-4. A transitional pattern that is listed in the Seated Liberty Half Dime section of the Red Book and thus collected by Seated and Pattern collectors. The 1859 'Stars' obverse rather than the legend, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, obverse is paired with the regular reverse. This example is well struck with rich golden-green toning. 100 pieces were struck.
Bronzed. High R-6. Ex: Exemplar Collection. Same design as the 1861 $10 Liberty "Rounded Bun" subtype except IN GOD WE TRUST is in the field above the eagle on the reverse, not on a scroll as on the regular issue die. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. This is a Gem example and is well struck with beautiful chocolate brown surfaces.
R-5. Obverse similar to the Mature Head large cent design of 1843-57, only the date is curved and smaller. The reverse has 3 CENTS inside a wreath with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounding the wreath. This is a lovely well struck Gem with mahogany-brown surfaces.
R-4. 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. Struck in bronze with a plain edge. Extremely well struck with reflective proof surfaces. Chestnut brown except in the protected areas of the shield which retain some faded orange-red.
CAC. Low R-6. Ex: Denali Collection. Obverse similar to the regular issue with a slight difference in the date placement. Reverse also similar but the ribbon ends are longer and touch the denticles. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. This example is sharply struck with highly reflective surfaces that display a light golden hue.
CAC. Ex. 1971 ANA Sale, Bass / ANA Museum Display. High R-6. The regular 1866 Shield Nickel die coupled with the No Rays reverse introduced in 1867. Struck in copper with a plain edge. An absolutely stunning coin with highly reflective proof surfaces that are mostly mint-green with a touch of gold and orange. Virtually flawless with no noteworthy spots or marks to be found.
Low R-6. Similar to the regular issue Shield Nickel except that IN GOD WE TRUST is much smaller and the date is divided by the ball at the bottom of the shield. On the reverse a very fancy 5 is inside a laurel wreath which is surrounded by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Struck on a thick planchet in nickel with a plain edge and a weight of 77.47 grains.
CAC. Low R-7. Standard Silver design with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above the head of Liberty and IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. 10 CENTS inside a wreath on the reverse with STANDARD SILVER above and the date below.
R-5. Standard Silver design with Liberty facing right on the obverse wearing a diadem inscribed LIBERTY. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above with IN GOD WE TRUST in a scroll below. The reverse has 25 CENTS inside a wreath with STANDARD SILVER above and the date below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. This piece is brilliant with nice deeply mirrored fields and frost on the design features. Ex: Benson Collection.
R-7. A portrait of Liberty in high relief adorns the obverse. A large star is on her forehead. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and IN GOD WE TRUST surrounds. The reverse has 25 CENTS inside a wreath with STANDARD SILVER above and the date below. This is an attractive well struck coin with a nice dark chocolate patina blanketing both sides.
CAC. "Standard Silver Quarter". High R-7. Struck in Aluminum with a reeded edge. Obverse has a bust of Liberty with LIBERTY across her headband. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA at the top and IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. The reverse has 25 CENTS in a wreath with STANDARD SILVER above and the date below. A very high quality coin with nice cameo contrast. Only a very few known!
CAC. R-4. Similar to the regular issue Three Cent-Nickel with a larger date and smooth pillars in the Roman Numeral III. The Pollock book divides Judd-676 into two varieties with this being the rarer Pollock-755, an R-7. A beautifully preserved coin with blast white surfaces and frosted devices contrasting nicely with the deep mirrored fields. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.
CAC. High R-6. A beautiful William Barber design with a seated Liberty on the obverse and the adopted Seated Dime reverse. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. The condition is outstanding with a rich multi-color patina and highly reflective proof surfaces. This is the single finest graded at NGC or PCGS. Ex. Newman Collection.
CAC. Standard Silver Dime. R-5. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Ex: Harry Bass, Jr. collection and the Pollock plate coin. Bust of Liberty on the obverse with IN GOD WE TRUST below and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above. 10 CENTS and date at center of reverse surrounded by a wreath with STANDARD above. A nice brilliant example with a bare trace of color at the rim.
CAC. R-7. William Barber's rendition of the Seated Liberty obverse paired with the regular issue reverse. This is a very attractive near Gem example with nice reflective fields, a sharp strike and none of the oxidation that plagues many aluminum patterns. We know of only 2 other examples. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge.
CAC. R-7. William Barber's beautiful Seated Liberty design obverse with a "Standard Dollar" reverse. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Sharply struck with extremely deep mirrored surfaces and a stunning golden-tan and blue patina. Outstanding eye appeal.
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. Standard Silver reverse paired with a Liberty cap-and-stars portrait obverse. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. Nice brilliant surfaces with frosted design features contrasting dramatically against the mirrored fields. Struck from slightly rotated dies. We can only account for 3 known examples.