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.
CAC approved. 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 with streaks of subdued red on both sides.
Rarity-5. This coin has the overall appearance of a nice proof, but the PCGS number ending in .94 suggests that they feel the surfaces have been altered.
CAC approved. Rarity-8 (2-3 known). An extremely rare Seated Liberty Dime die trial piece struck in copper with a reeded edge. Mostly red with nice reflective surfaces and excellent eye appeal. The obverse is precisely struck while the reverse shows a touch of softness in the wreath but is well struck overall. The finest known of a very small population.
CAC approved. High R-6. Obverse uses the old Braided Hair Large Cent design while the reverse has TEN CENTS in a laurel wreath with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA as the legend. This design also resembles the old cent. Struck in copper with a plain edge. The quality is outstanding with deep proof surfaces and iridescent shades of olive-brown, blue, and hints of red. A very desirable pattern!
Cameo. R-5. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Frosty glowing gold in the center changing to shades of ruby-red and finally to ocean-blue at the rim. An amazing coin that that sold for $6,037.50 at auction in September of 2005!
Rarity-5. Struck in silver with a plain edge. Attractive blue and gold toning over deep mirrored proof surfaces.
CAC approved. High R-6. Estimated 13 to 18 known. Struck in silver with a plain edge. A beautiful needle-sharp proof with deep mirrored fields with pinkish-gold and blue toning. The devices are frosted and have a cream-gold color.
CAC. An extremely popular transitional pattern with almost exactly the same design as the adopted 1883 No Cents Liberty Nickel. This example has nicely mirrored fields that show no hairlines and design elements that are thickly frosted. Near full brilliance with a very faint golden hue gives this wonderful pattern super eye appeal. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.