Pattern Coins

James Ross Snowden and the Washington Half Cent of 1793 – VIDEO 4:11.

James Ross Snowden and the Washington Half Cent of 1793 – VIDEO 4:11.

Ray Rouse, Exhibit Chairman, Early American Coppers Society, Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com. No coin was struck for George Washington in the half cent denomination until a mint director made it happen. Hear the tale of how this coin was created. Copyright © CoinWeek July 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video […]

Gorgeous Gem Judd-67 Pattern Gold Dollar to be Featured at Stacks Bowers Rarities Night in Chicago

Gorgeous Gem Judd-67 Pattern Gold Dollar to be Featured at Stacks Bowers Rarities Night in Chicago

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers …….. While the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia had been striking gold coins since 1795, these quarter eagle, half eagle, and eagle denominations represented a large sum of money and were mostly used in large business transactions. Many were also sent abroad and melted to take advantage […]

PCGS Hosts Simpson Half Dollar and Stella Patterns At World’s Fair of Money

PCGS Hosts Simpson Half Dollar and Stella Patterns At World’s Fair of Money

Two superb sets from The Bob Simpson U.S. Pattern Collection, the Morgan half dollar patterns of 1877 and $4 Stellas in all metals, will be displayed at the Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) booth during the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Chicago World’s Fair of Money (www.worldsfairofmoney.com), August 11 – 15, 2015. These two sets are […]

By July 14, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Federal Judge Rules Against Government in 1974-D Aluminum Cent Case

The Coin Analyst: Federal Judge Rules Against Government in 1974-D Aluminum Cent Case

The Coin Analyst by CoinWeek… It looks like Heritage might get to auction that unique 1974-D aluminum cent after all… Intended to be one of the highlights of Heritage Auctions’ 2014 Central States Numismatic Society Convention Sale, a 1974-D aluminum cent pattern once belonging to an assistant superintendent at the Denver Mint, has been tied […]

Gem Quality Shield Earring Quarter Pattern Coin to be auctioned at the Central States Coin Convention

Gem Quality Shield Earring Quarter Pattern Coin to be auctioned at the Central States Coin Convention

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #268 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   Broadly defined, a wide variety of items fall into the category of pattern, experimental and trial pieces. Patterns, narrowly defined, are design concepts that should logically have been […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Where Did the Mint Get Aluminum? – December 28, 2014

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Where Did the Mint Get Aluminum? – December 28, 2014

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. Bruce W. Smith submitted this question about U.S. aluminum coinage patterns. Can anyone help? -Wayne Homren, Editor   Because I collect aluminum type coins of the world, pre-1900 aluminum medals and medals […]

By December 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
PCGS to Display Finest Gobrecht Dollar Set At 2015 FUN

PCGS to Display Finest Gobrecht Dollar Set At 2015 FUN

The all-time finest 1836-1839 Gobrecht Dollar patterns set will be exhibited for the first time anywhere in public at the January 2015 Florida United Numismatists convention. The display at the Professional Coin Grading Service (http://www.PCGS.com) booth, number 108, will be courtesy of the set’s owner, collector Bob R. Simpson of Texas, and Legend Numismatics of […]

By December 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 12:  Pre-1793 Patterns for U.S. coins

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 12: Pre-1793 Patterns for U.S. coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #251 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The most exciting ‘news’ at the moment is the sale of pre-1793 patterns from the Eric Newman Collection. On Friday, Nov. 14, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, […]

By November 19, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
NGC Grades The Donald G. Partrick Collection, Part I

NGC Grades The Donald G. Partrick Collection, Part I

On November 10, 2014, the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) announced that the service has graded Part I of the phenomenal collection of Donald G. Partrick. A serious student of Early American coinage, Partrick carefully assembled a cabinet that boasts a number of iconic Colonial and Early United States issues, including many unique and finest known specimens. Heritage […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
1877 Half Union Pattern in Gilt Copper

1877 Half Union Pattern in Gilt Copper

The 1877 fifty dollar patterns, named half unions, were struck in both Large and Small Head varieties, both types using a common reverse. One specimen of each design was struck in gold (Judd-1546 and Judd-1548) and a small number of copper examples of each design were also produced (Judd-1547 and Judd-1549). Some of the copper […]

Unique Peace Dollar Rarities and Discovery Pieces To Be Sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Unique Peace Dollar Rarities and Discovery Pieces To Be Sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries

By Stack’s Bowers …….. A group of five unusual Peace dollars consigned to Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2014 ANA Sale proves to include important Patterns, a unique Specimen, and a pair of coins from the early hub style trials for the regular issue 1922 Low Relief, shedding important new light on the development process for […]

Historic Harry Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

Historic Harry Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

Proceeds from August 7, 2014 auction of these 30 coins will aid philanthropic mission of Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation… Thirty United States pattern coins from the acclaimed collection of the late Texas business executive and philanthropist Harry W. Bass Jr. (1927 – 1998) will be offered without reserves during the Platinum Night auction conducted […]

Discovery Coin:  1974-D Aluminum Lincoln Cent on Display at Long Beach Expo. VIDEO

Discovery Coin: 1974-D Aluminum Lincoln Cent on Display at Long Beach Expo. VIDEO

With David Hall, Professional Coin Grading Service, Todd Imhoff, Heritage Auctions, Randy Lawrence, and Fred Weinberg. Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com ……. A newly discovered Lincoln cent was on display at the Long Beach Coin Expo in California. This coin was rumored to exist and finally surfaced in when it was brought into a coin store […]

By February 13, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
The First Verified 1974-D Aluminum Cent Will Be Offered By Heritage at Central States Auction

The First Verified 1974-D Aluminum Cent Will Be Offered By Heritage at Central States Auction

Rumored to exist for years but not confirmed until now, the first verified 1974 Lincoln cent struck in aluminum at the Denver Mint will be displayed by Heritage Auctions  at the upcoming Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo, January 30 – February 1, 2014.  It then will be offered as one of […]

British Gold Patterns star in World Coin Auction

British Gold Patterns star in World Coin Auction

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #203 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds On Jan. 10th and 11th, Stack’s-Bowers-Ponterio conducted one of the official auctions of a coin convention that is held every January in Manhattan. More than two thousand coins and medals from around the world […]

By January 13, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
US Coins: The “Common” 1875 $10 Eagle Pattern Coins

US Coins: The “Common” 1875 $10 Eagle Pattern Coins

By Leo Frese, Independent Numismatic Consultant – LeoFreseCoins.com ……….. Recently an East Coast gentleman consigned his collection for me to market. Among his holdings was a Pattern that was quite “interesting”. My research and insights follow. Historically speaking, 1875 was not a banner year. Yes, the National Bowling Association was formed, and sadly, nearly 16,000 […]

By August 9, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
PCGS Plans $15 Million, Unique Nova Constellatio Patterns Set Exhibit At ANA

PCGS Plans $15 Million, Unique Nova Constellatio Patterns Set Exhibit At ANA

A unique set of four 1783 Nova Constellatio patterns, insured for $15 million, will be displayed by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) and Beverly Hills dealer Kevin Lipton on behalf of the coins’ anonymous current owner at the Chicago American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of MoneySM, August 13 – 17, 2013.  The one copper and […]

By July 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
More than 150 rarities from The Eric P. Newman Collection at Heritage Auctions

More than 150 rarities from The Eric P. Newman Collection at Heritage Auctions

Pattern and experimental coins at Central States, April 25; proceeds to benefit Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society  Pattern coinage collected by Eric P. Newman, legendary numismatic researcher and founding member of the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS), will be sold April 25 at the CSNS Annual Convention’s Official Auction, presented by Heritage Auctions in […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. 500 Unit Silver Pattern of 1783 (Type 2 Quint) To Be Auctioned!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. 500 Unit Silver Pattern of 1783 (Type 2 Quint) To Be Auctioned!

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #160 ….. During the fourth week of April, Heritage will auction one of two known Quints, which are ‘500 Unit’ U.S. silver patterns dated 1783. The sale will occur at the CSNS convention in a […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 2 — Patterns

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 2 — Patterns

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #158 ….. One of the most famous and interesting of all collections of American coins, and related items, was formed by Eric P. Newman. A small part of this collection will be auctioned Heritage at […]

New Books: United States Pattern & Experimental Pieces of WWII By Roger W. Burdette

New Books: United States Pattern & Experimental Pieces of WWII By Roger W. Burdette

Possibly the Most Important Numismatic Book of the Decade Well before the United States entered World War II, copper, nickel and several other metals had assumed strategic importance. All were necessary for America’s restoration of military competence, and European war pressures quickly pushed the U.S. into becoming the manufacturing “arsenal of democracy.” Canadian and U.S. […]

By February 4, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 2: Amazing Pieces to be Auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 2: Amazing Pieces to be Auctioned

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #145 ….. I focus upon two of the five finest 1792 half dimes (“dismes”) and I mention others. On Jan. 10, 2013, in Orlando, Heritage will auction the Floyd Starr piece, which is PCGS certified […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 1: Origins and Meaning

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 1: Origins and Meaning

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #144 ….. Two of the five finest known 1792 half dismes will be offered at auction in January 2013 and at least six others will be offered as well. I estimate that just three hundred […]

By December 26, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Unique Pattern 1814 Platinum Half Dollar Certified by PCGS

Unique Pattern 1814 Platinum Half Dollar Certified by PCGS

One of the most intriguing — and mysterious — pattern coins ever produced by the United States is now in a Professional Coin Grading Service holder: the unique 1814 platinum Capped Bust half dollar with nearly three dozen “P” punch marks.  It is graded PCGS Secure Plus XF40. PCGS will use a “new” Judd reference […]

By November 5, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
1860 Five Dollar Pattern on a Ten Dollar Planchet, the Only Example Available in Gold

1860 Five Dollar Pattern on a Ten Dollar Planchet, the Only Example Available in Gold

Gold patterns are always fascinating, and Heritage’s 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction in Philadelphia contains an intriguing exampleof one such experimental piece. Struck on a ten dollar planchet, this Judd-271 pattern nonetheless bears a face value of five dollars, and this is entirely intentional. 1860 Five Dollar on a Ten Dollar Planchet PR62 […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Silver Center Copper Cent Pattern Brings $1.15 Million

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Silver Center Copper Cent Pattern Brings $1.15 Million

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #104 – Updated on April 25, 2012 Among the most famous of all patterns is the ‘Silver Center Cent’ of 1792. The U.S. Mint did not begin striking coins until February or March 1793. Various […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarities Night in Baltimore, Part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarities Night in Baltimore, Part 1

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #100 It seems appropriate for the one hundredth column in this series to be about a ‘Rarities Night’ auction event. My focus, of course, is often on coin rarities, rather than living people, history, coin […]

Rare South African Coins Highlight $9 million NYINC auction

Rare South African Coins Highlight $9 million NYINC auction

A pair of South African rarities led all lots as our first auction of 2012 brought in over $9 million in New York, January 2 and 3. All prices include a 15% Buyer’s Premium. South African numismatics is hot, and the prices in this auction show why. Atop the auction results was a unique bronze […]

1877 gilt copper $50 Half Union leads Heritage Auctions offerings in Pittsburgh

1877 gilt copper $50 Half Union leads Heritage Auctions offerings in Pittsburgh

The Baltimore Collection, Part Two and The Rubic Collection available to collectors in Pittsburgh, Oct. 13-14 Heritage Auctions will present the official auction of the American Numismatic Association’s inaugural Fall National Money Show in Pittsburgh, PA, with floor sessions scheduled for Oct. 13 and 14 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Highlights include a […]

By September 29, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Important 1792 Fusible Alloy Cent, Judd-2 to be offered in Chicago

Important 1792 Fusible Alloy Cent, Judd-2 to be offered in Chicago

The 1792 pattern cents, Birch cent, half disme, disme, and quarter were the prototypes for what later became the cent, nickel, dime, and quarter that are still the staples of commerce today. These patterns were essential to the development of United States coinage. As Matthew Kleinsteuber, an analyst for NFC Coins, says, “1792 patterns were […]

 
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