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-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!
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.
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.
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. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. The obverse is similar to the Three-Cent Nickel design. The reverse portrays a large roman numeral 'V' inside a wreath. Attractive nickel-gray surfaces highlight pleasing cameo devices.
R-5. Standard Silver Design. Deep lilac and blue toning with essentially flawless surfaces. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Ex: Benson Collection 2003 @ $2070., Hollinbeck Sale 1945 @ $9.00!
R-5. Standard Silver design with a bust of Liberty wearing a diadem engraved LIBERTY. IN GOD WE TRUST is below in a scroll with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above. The reverse has 50 CENTS in a wreath with STANDARD SILVER above and the date below. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. A beautiful coin with an overall blend of gold and ruby and a couple splashes of blue. Stunning.
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.
R-4. Similar to the regular issue Three Cent-Nickel but struck on a larger planchet with smooth pillars in the Roman Numeral III. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.