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 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.
R-6. Seated Dollar Die Trial. Regular 'With Motto' Seated Dollar design, struck in copper with a reeded edge. Beautiful proof surfaces with orange-red and brown mixed with iridescent lavender hues. Extremely well struck with excellent eye appeal.
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 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!
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.
R-5. Goloid Metric Dollar designed by William Barber. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Large Liberty head obverse. Reverse shows the weight and elemental composition of goloid.