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.
Rarity-5. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Longacre's Romanesque bust of Liberty known to collector's as his "French Liberty Head" design. This coin has gorgeous orange-red luster and wonderful eye appeal!
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. R-5. Struck in copper with a plain edge from the regular issue dies. Reddish-orange mirrored fields with frosted brown devices. Well struck and flashy!
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!
CAC approved. R-4. Similar in design to the regular issue except the design is proportioned a bit differently and the Roman Numerals are smooth. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. This is a beautiful brilliant coin with heavy frost on the devices.
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. Struck in silver with a plain edge. A beautiful blue, lavender, gray and gold patina covers the highly reflective surfaces of this Premium Gem. Tied with 1 other example for the finest graded at PCGS with none grading this high at NGC.
CAC approved. High R-6. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Beautiful iridescent toning with shades of blue, lavender and gold. Extremely well struck with virtually perfect mirror fields. The single finest graded at PCGS!
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.