Pattern Coins

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 1 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Coin Profile: Counterpunched Platinum 1814 half dollar pattern

Coin Profile: Counterpunched Platinum 1814 half dollar pattern

Heritage’s upcoming 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction, to be held August 11-12, will feature the unique “Platina” or “P-Punched” Judd-44 1814 half dollar, struck in platinum. This coin was struck from the same dies as the O-107 variety, but in platinum with a lettered edge. After striking, 33 backward letters […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 2, patterns and gold coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 2, patterns and gold coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin community #58 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week, I wrote about copper and silver U.S. coins in the Stack’s-Bowers auction event that just ended. It was conducted from June 14th to June 18th at the Baltimore Convention Center. The current topics are U.S. […]

The Magnolia Collection of Early U.S. Gold Coins, late 19th century Patterns, Trade Dollars and more!

The Magnolia Collection of Early U.S. Gold Coins, late 19th century Patterns, Trade Dollars and more!

Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #51 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On the evening of Tuesday, May3rd, the firm of Spink-Smythe auctioned the ‘Magnolia Collection‘ in New York. A 1795 Eagle ($10 gold coin) sold for a record $379,600. This sale was a small, quaint, fun auction, much […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS list of U.S. coins & patterns valued at more than $1 million each

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS list of U.S. coins & patterns valued at more than $1 million each

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #42 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On Feb. 15, the Professional Coin Grading Service announced an update of the “Million Dollar Coin Club,” a group of U.S. coins, pre-Federal pieces, and patterns, that are said to each be worth more than […]

Pattern Coins: 1852 PG$1 Gold Dollar, Judd-145

Pattern Coins: 1852 PG$1 Gold Dollar, Judd-145

1852 Ring Dollar in Gold, Judd-145, Thin Planchet PR68 Cameo, Finest Certified The Mint experimented with pattern gold dollars in 1852, producing those patterns now known as Judd-136 to Judd-148. The objective was to provide a larger, more convenient diameter for these coins. Because gold dollars were so small, they were easily lost, and in […]

Stack’s-Bowers to Display Cardinal Collection’s Finest Known 1792 Half Disme

Stack’s-Bowers to Display Cardinal Collection’s Finest Known 1792 Half Disme

A classic early American rarity, the rainbow-toned 1792 half disme, graded NGC MS-68, will be exhibited during the first two days of the Long Beach (California) Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo on Thursday and Friday, February 3 and 4, 2011. This historic coin is the finest known surviving 1792 half disme and was acquired in […]

By January 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
WHERE ARE ALL THE COOL COINS?

WHERE ARE ALL THE COOL COINS?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ( A portion of her Recent Market Report) The FUN show had a small group of monster coins in the Heritage Auction and a few in the B+M Sale. but we are really not talking about many coins. They were all bought up for record prices, and we highly […]

By January 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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