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.
Gobrecht Dollar. Plain edge, struck in silver. No stars obverse. Stars reverse. Die Alignment IV. A particularly attractive Gobrecht with fields that retain considerable flash and are virtually mark-free. An attractive silver-gray patina, with a touch of gold, blankets both sides with a touch of iridescent blue and burnt-orange at the reverse rim.
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.
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.
CAC. R-7. Regular die trial for the Seated Liberty Dime. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Flashy orange-red luster over highly reflective proof surfaces.
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.
CAC. R-6. Washington head obverse with the regular Shield Nickel 'Rays' reverse. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. This attractive example has faint dappled gold toning over virtually flawless mirrored surfaces. In an early holder and a coin that seems very conservatively graded.
CAC. Low R-6. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. The obverse resembles the Nickel-Three Cent design. The denomination 5 CENTS is surrounded by a Laurel Wreath on the reverse with a small IN GOD WE TRUST at the top. This is an attractive brilliant proof from a population of about 2 dozen known examples.
"Standard Silver" Dime. High R-6. Struck in silver with a plain edge. Liberty faces right with a diadem in her hair. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above with IN GOD WE TRUST in a scroll below. 10 CENTS in a wreath on the reverse with STANDARD SILVER above and the date below. Aqua and pinkish toning over nearly perfect surfaces. This is the sole finest example certified at NGC or PCGS.
R-7. Regular issue die trial for the 1869 Seated Liberty Dollar. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. Nice bright mirrored surfaces with beautiful frost on the devices. In an early PCGS holder before the CAMEO designation was used. Today this coin would be a strong candidate for such a designation. Only a half dozen of Judd-764 known to exist!
"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. 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 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.
CAC. Ex. Denali Collection. R-5. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Bust of Liberty with LIBERTY on headband. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds bust with IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. 25 CENTS and the date in a wreath on the reverse with STANDARD above. This is a very high-end brilliant coin with excellent contrast between the frosted design elements and the reflective fields. PCGS has graded 2 coins PR-66 and none finer. The other 66 coin did not receive a CAMEO designation.
CAC. R-5. One of the more popular transitional patterns with an obverse that is very similar to the adopted 1883 Liberty Nickel and the regular NO CENTS reverse.The present example is magnificent with deep mirrored fields and frosted devices. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.