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. Restrike. Low R-7. Attractive light tan surfaces blended with copper-nickel mint 'bloom'. The obverse reads, 'CENT 1850' with a design of 2 small flowers. The reverse reads, 'U.S.A. ONE TENTH SILVER'. Struck in copper-nickel with a plain edge and no cut-out perforation in the center.
R-4. Similar to the regular issue that came out the following year except that CENTS is curved on the reverse and the obverse motto reads GOD OUR TRUST. Struck in bronze with a plain edge.
R-7. Regular die trial for the Seated Liberty Dime. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Extremely well struck with deep mirrored surfaces and vibrant mint red luster. The finest graded at either service!
CAC. Low R-6. Regular design without 'L'. Struck in copper on a thick planchet with a plain edge and is similar in size to the regular copper-nickel issue. The surfaces are simply exquisite with a beautiful mirrored blend of orange and tan. In the fields lay wonderful blue, green and fuchsia accents. The single finest graded at both NGC and PCGS.
R-6. The regular 1865 obverse die is paired with the 1866 reverse which has IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll above the eagle. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. This is a beautiful nearly full red example that is sharply struck with nice mirrored fields.
High R-6. Struck in copper with a plain edge. Similar to the regular design except that the ribbon ends on the reverse extend to the denticles. This is a pleasing example with an olive green-brown obverse and a wood-grained orange-brown reverse.
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. About 2 dozen examples are known.
R-5. Standard Silver design with Liberty facing right on the obverse wearing a diadem inscribed LIBERTY. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above with IN GOD WE TRUST in a scroll below. The reverse has 25 CENTS inside a wreath with STANDARD SILVER above and the date below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. This piece is brilliant with nice deeply mirrored fields and frost on the design features. Ex: Benson Collection.
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!
"Standard Silver Quarter". High R-7. Liberty wears a diadem with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above and a scroll below. The reverse has 25 CENTS within a wreath and STANDARD SILVER above and the date below. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. This is a beautiful bright coin with deep mirrored fields that contrast with frosty design elements. Approximately 6 known with this being the finest graded at PCGS or NGC.
Low R-6. A beautiful mirrored blend of tan and red on the obverse contains strands of multi-color tint. The reverse offers glossy chocolate with a rainbow overlay. William Barber's Liberty design graces the obverse with the regular issue design portrayed on the reverse. Struck in copper with a plain edge.
R-7 to 8. Standard Silver design with Liberty seated and facing left.She holds a shield in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. LIBERTY is on a scroll across the shield and a pole is behind. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the date are at the periphery. TEN CENTS is inside a wreath on the reverse with STANDARD above. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
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.
High R-7. Bust of Liberty faces right wearing a headband inscribed LIBERTY. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above and IN GOD WE TRUST is below on a scroll. Reverse has 50 CENTS inside a wreath with STANDARD SILVER above and the date below. Struck in silver with a plain edge. Outstanding quality with a beautiful blue and gold patina dancing off highly reflective surfaces.
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.
R-7. Liberty Head obverse with no star on the tiara. IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA at the periphery above. 25 CENTS and the date within a wreath and STANDARD above on the reverse. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. This is an amazingly well preserved coin with a needle-sharp strike and nearly flawless deep mirrored fields. The design shows considerable frost and a spectacular iridescent turquoise hue dances off chocolate brown surfaces. The eye appeal is fantastic!
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 did not receive a CAMEO designation.
R-8. Regular die trail for the 1874 $20 Liberty. Extremely rare as are all $20 gold coin patterns. This example is struck in copper with a reeded edge. Just 2 are known plus another example known that is struck in aluminum (J-1382). This is an attractive medium brown coin with iridescent lavender hues and just a trace of faded red. The strike is bold and the eye appeal is outstanding.