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.
R-4. A Liberty Cap is the central feature on the obverse surrounded by rays. LIBERTY runs across the bottom of the cap and the date is below. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA runs around a palm wreath on the reverse with a Roman Numeral III inside. Struck in silver with a plain edge. This is an attractive brilliant example.
CAC. R-5. Longacre's beautiful "French Head of Liberty" with the date below her bust and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around. The reverse is a Paquet design with 1/2 DOLLAR within a wreath. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. A beautiful example with deep reflective surfaces and orange-red blending nicely with soft brown that has an iridescent bluish hue.
R-7. The obverse is the regular issue Seated Liberty die while the reverse is the regular perched eagle design with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll above the eagle's head. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. This is a beautiful example with very deep mirrored proof fields and excellent eye appeal. The obverse is nearly full red with wonderful frost on the design while the reverse is red with blue hues.
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.
Low R-6. Similar to the regular issue Shield Nickel except that IN GOD WE TRUST is much smaller and the date is divided by the ball at the bottom of the shield. On the reverse a very fancy 5 is inside a laurel wreath which is surrounded by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Struck on a thick planchet in nickel with a plain edge and a weight of 77.47 grains.
Rarity-5. 'Standard Silver' series pattern; struck in silver with a plain edge. Attractive blue and gold toning over deep mirrored proof surfaces.
CAC. "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!
R-5. Standard Silver design with Liberty facing right. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA circles around with IN GOD WE TRUST in a scroll below. 10 CENTS and date inside a wreath on the reverse with STANDARD above. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Beautifully toned with shades of steel-blue, lavender and gold. None have graded finer 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.
High R-6. Head of Liberty wearing a diadem on the obverse. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds with IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. 10 CENTS inside a wreath on the reverse. STANDARD SILVER above and date below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
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.
R-7. Barber's Seated Liberty design paired with a STANDARD SILVER reverse. The date and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are on the obverse. 5 CENTS in a wreath and STANDARD above on the reverse. Struck in silver with a plain edge. This is a nice, flashy champagne-white example.
CAC. High R-7. Ex: Denali Collection. William Barber's Seated Liberty design with LIBERTY in raised letters on a ribbon draped across a shield. The date is below and 13 stars surround. The reverse is the regular issue design. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge. Very sharply struck with nice contrast between the frosted design and the reflective mirror surfaces. A very scarce issue!
Low R-7. William Barber designed the obverse with Liberty Seated holding a wreath in her left hand and a shield in her right. A capped pole extends up past the shield and a ribbon inscribed LIBERTY is draped over the shield. The reverse is the regular issue Seated Half. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Deeply mirrored and almost completely brilliant with heavy frost on the design features. The resulting Deep Cameo is dramatic.
R-7+. Struck from the regular Seated Quarter dies but on a copper planchet. The edge is reeded. A lovely Gem Proof with an emerald-green patina that shows iridescent hues of purple and gold. Very sharply struck with virtually flawless surfaces.
CAC. High R-6. The obverse is William Barber's beautiful Seated Liberty design coupled with a Standard Silver reverse. 25 CENTS is inside a thick wreath with STANDARD above. Struck in copper with a plain edge. This example has flashy mirrored surfaces that are mostly red with an iridescent hue of olive-brown and a touch of lime. The eye appeal is outstanding.
CAC. High R-7. Ex: Denali Collection. The obverse is William Barbers beautiful Seated Liberty design surrounded by 13 stars. The reverse is the regular Seated Liberty With Motto quarter. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. Beautifully preserved with radiant luster and nice contrast. Problem-free with no oxidation. Pollock lists just 2 examples and that's all we can find although R-7 means at least 4 are known.
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 does not have a 'Cameo' designation.
CAC. R-7. Ex: Denali Collection. Barber designed seated Liberty faces left holding a shield with her right hand and an olive branch with her left. A scroll inscribed LIBERTY is draped over the shield with a cap atop a pole standing behind the shield. The date is below and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds. The reverse is the regular Three Cent Silver design. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. A needle-sharp strike with nearly flawless surfaces and beautiful iridescent toning of turquoise and champagne-gold.
CAC. High R-6. Charles Barbers' famous "Washlady" design with Ms. Liberty facing left with her hair bound behind her. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounds her with the date below. The reverse has a wreath around a circle of beads. ONE DIME is inside with E PLURIBUS UNUM framed above. This is a beautiful example of this famous design with iridescent lime-green and lavender-red mirrored fields. The design elements are a frosted golden-green and offer a stunning contrast to the deep fields. Stuck in copper with a reeded edge.