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.
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. 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.
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!
"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.
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. High R-7. Ex. Denali Collection. A 'Standard Silver" half dollar struck in Aluminum with a plain edge. The obverse has a Liberty head facing right wearing a diadem inscribed LIBERTY. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above with IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. 50 CENTS is within a wreath on the reverse with STANDARD SILVER above and the date below. A rare pattern with fewer than a half dozen known. This example is of extremely high quality!
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.