Patterns

Patterns

  • 1868 3CN Judd-618 Patterns PCGS MS63
    1868 3CN Judd-618 Patterns PCGS MS63
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755094127

    1868 3CN Judd-618 Patterns PCGS MS63

    $1,428.00
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  • 1870 10C J-843 Patterns PCGS MS62
    1870 10C J-843 Patterns PCGS MS62
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755799020

    1870 10C J-843 Patterns PCGS MS62

    $1,400.00
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  • 1870 10C J-873 BN Patterns PCGS MS66
    1870 10C J-873 BN Patterns PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756270043

    1870 10C J-873 BN Patterns PCGS MS66

    $4,590.00
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  • 1870 50C J-929 RB CAC Patterns PCGS MS64+
    1870 50C J-929 RB CAC Patterns PCGS MS64+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755805002

    1870 50C J-929 RB CAC Patterns PCGS MS64+

    $6,210.00
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  • 1873 $5 Judd-1341 CA Patterns PCGS MS65
    1873 $5 Judd-1341 CA Patterns PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756205031

    1873 $5 Judd-1341 CA Patterns PCGS MS65

    $21,060.00
  • 1875 $5 J-1441 BN Patterns PCGS MS66+
    1875 $5 J-1441 BN Patterns PCGS MS66+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756205032

    1875 $5 J-1441 BN Patterns PCGS MS66+

    $24,300.00
  • 1876 $2.50 J-1480 RB Patterns PCGS MS65
    1876 $2.50 J-1480 RB Patterns PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756205033

    1876 $2.50 J-1480 RB Patterns PCGS MS65

    $15,120.00

Patterns

Pattern coins are often called the “coins that never were” as the designs were not accepted by the Treasury or the US Mint. For a variety of reasons, the coins were rejected such as too high relief so they can’t be stacked, too low relief so the designs don’t look proper. Many of the US Mint’s greatest and most prolific coin designers or Chief Engravers created pattern coins whose designs were not approved.

These coins were first catalogued by the US Mint and then a book was written about them by 1959. Patterns are often similar to the accepted designs, but sometimes struck in different metals.

A collection of patterns can be assembled by year, type, metals, denominations, or designers. Most have mintages of less than 1,000 coins, many well under that.

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