Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 8

Coin and Currency Auction


U. S. Patterns
 
 
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Lot 3893
  1838 Pattern Half Dollar, silver, reeded edge. Judd-72, Rarity-6. . J-72. NGC graded Proof 65. The Kneass design with a draped bust of Liberty with a ponderous diadem and ribbon, the reverse by Gobrecht with an eagle with outspread wings. Medal die alignment. Dark somber gray tones on both sides, and the fields clean save for hidden hairlines lurking beneath. Sharply struck and clean on Liberty's face, the fields also clean save for a couple of trivial contact marks. An early Proof pattern and which is rare in full gem condition, with only 3 graded this high by NGC, and 1 graded higher.
Estimated Value $5,000 - 6,000.
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$6,325
Lot 3894
  1859 Pattern Half Dollar, silver, reeded edge. Judd-239, Pollock-295, Rarity-5. . J-239. PCGS graded Proof 63. The obverse design is by James B. Longacre, and was called the "French Head of Liberty" by the neighborhood druggist R. Coulton Davis (famous for keeping the Mint employees doped up on laudanum in trade for various special patterns and coins) and coupled with a lovely reverse design by Anthony C. Pacquet (according to James Ross Snowden, laudanum imbiber). Deeply toned with gunmetal gray, rose and deep blue splashed on the devices. Nice cheek on Liberty's cheek.
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,600.
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$1,783
Lot 3895
1859 Pattern Half Dollar, copper, reeded edge. Judd-240, P-296, Rarity-5. . J-240. PCGS graded Proof 64 Brown. This one boasts a bust of Liberty facing right, with an oak and vine wreath in her hair, and a scroll inscribed LIBERTY across her right shoulder. On the reverse is a complex wreath with 1/2 DOLLAR at the center. Deep mahogony color on both sides and nearly a gem. Only 4 so graded by PCGS in the brown category, none higher until you move into the Red and Brown and Red arena, where a handful do grade full gem.
Estimated Value $1,700 - 2,200.
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Realized
$1,438
Lot 3896
1862 Pattern Eagle, copper, gilt, reeded edge. Judd-297, P-355, Rarity 6 to 7. . J-297. NGC graded Proof 62. This is the regular dies obverse, with the similar reverse except for the addition of the motto GOD OUR TRUST above the eagle. Identifiable by a small nick on Liberty's nose. A beautiful pattern issue. Some light handling marks, but problem free otherwise.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
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$2,300
Lot 3897
1863 Pattern Two Cent Piece, copper or bronze, plain edge. Judd-305, P-370, Rarity-4. . J-305. PCGS graded Proof 64 Red and Brown. Struck with the familiar Washington obverse with the motto "GOD AND OUR COUNTRY" above, the date 1863 below. On the reverse, the denomination 2 CENTS at the center, with CENTS markedly curved, a wreath of wheat, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around. Lightly toned on the obverse, more toning on the reverse. One small spot on the R of COUNTRY.
Estimated Value $1,250 - 1,500.
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Realized
$1,610
Lot 3898
1866 Pattern Nickel, nickel, plain edge. Judd-470, P-562, Rarity-6. . J-470. PCGS graded Proof 65. The obverse has the head of Washington, with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST above, date below; on the reverse is a large 5, surrounded by a large laurel wreath, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Lightly toned and well preserved, this one is scarce in gem condition, with only five graded this high and two better. Hazy nickel toning on both sides, giving the coin a bit of a dull appearance.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,500.
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Realized
$1,840
Lot 3899
  1866 Pattern Nickel, copper, plain edge. Judd-490, Pollock-578, Rarity-6. . J-490. SEGS graded Proof 63. Similar to the regular die, but the date is separated by the shield ball, the reverse is a poorly executed wreath, with long berry stems and distant leaves, with a large 5 at the center. Deep red toning with blue around the periphery, and minor hairlines in the fields. SEGS says 54.4 grains in weight.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
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Lot 3900
  1866 Pattern Nickel, bronze, plain edge, regular dies of 1867 without rays. J-509, Rarity-6. . J-509. Proof 65 Red and Brown. A beautiful pattern issue, the fiery red shades with hints of yellow near the lettering. Examination will find some minor specks, nothing deep or problematic though. The color ranges from red to pink, and there is a long fin around most of the edge.
Estimated Value $2,700 - 3,200.
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Lot 3901
1869 Pattern Half Dollar, standard silver, reeded edge. Judd-748, P-831, Rarity-5. . J-748. Proof 63. Always popular with collectors, the obverse rendition of Liberty is quite beautiful, while the reverse wreath of laurel and oak is finely rendered. Seldom offered.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
With an old flip marked "AW-745, and $55."

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$1,323
Lot 3902
1870 Pattern Half Dollar, Standard Silver, plain edge. Judd-964, P-1060, Rarity-7. . J-964. PCGS graded Proof 64. Choice antique gray toning on both sides. The devices are crisp and complete in their detail, and the surfaces show few signs of handling or hairlines. PCGS has only graded 3 examples of this pattern, this is the finest seen, and there are two in lower grades. An undervalued rarity that has proven to be far more difficult to locate than Judd's Rarity-6 rating, Pollock changed it to Rarity-7, and it may be at the high end of that rating. The die alignment is about 170 degrees, so this may be the Stack's March 1973 : lot 356 coin as noted in Pollock. An extremely rare coin that is possibly the very finest known as NGC hasn't graded any of this pattern variety.
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,500.
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Realized
$2,300
Lot 3903
1875 Pattern Twenty Cent Piece. Judd-1404, Pollock-1547, Rarity-6 to 7. . J-1404. PCGS graded Proof 65 Red and Brown. Copper, plain edge. This is one of the two finest graded of this pattern issue, and one of just 2 so graded by PCGS. A few others are graded in the Brown category. Mellowed mint red in color with gorgeous colors and well struck devices throughout. Minor hairlines can be seen in the fields, as always. An important and rare pattern, only a handful of these twenty cent patterns were produced, and they always are popular with collectors. The sidewheeler steams in the distance as Liberty looks on, no doubt wondering which way the wind does blow. As Q. David Bowers first noted, the sails are billowing in one direction, while the ships flag and smoke go the opposite direction. William Barber had spent too many days inside the Mint, and not enough time down on the docks! An opportunity.
Estimated Value $3,000 - 4,000.
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Realized
$4,600
Lot 3904
1881 Pattern Three Cent Piece, copper, plain edge. Judd-1669, P-1870, Rarity-7. . J-1669. PCGS graded Proof 64 Red and Brown. This pattern boasts a curious population according to PCGS, there are 9 graded as PR-64 Red and Brown, with none graded higher or lower. The obverse design employs the head seen on the later Liberty head nickel, while the reverse uses a wreath of corn, cotton and wheat. Mostly red, with some light toning on both sides. A few minor specks are noted.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,500.
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Realized
$4,140
Lot 3905
1882 Pattern Nickel. Judd-1684, P-1886, Rarity-6. . J-1684. PCGS graded Proof 65. Superbly toned and well preserved. Pristine surfaces and very appealing. Similar to the adopted design, but the wreath is broader and the legends and devices reversed. One of only 7 graded this high, with none better.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 3,000.
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$4,600
Lot 3906
  1883 Pattern Nickel, plain edge. Judd-1708, Pollock-1912, Rarity-7. . J-1708. PCGS graded Proof 66. A magnificent coin that boasts enticing blue toning around the edges and rose gold at the centers. Perfectly struck and preserved, with clean surfaces and devices. The obverse is the Liberty nickel head of issue, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around, on the reverse we see a complex wreath of wheat, cotton and corn, with 75 N. and 25 C at the center, FIVE above and CENTS below, the central device refers to the three quarters nickel to one quarter copper in the alloy. Deep mirror fields and superb colors. Only 2 graded by PCGS, this coin and one graded lower, making this likely the finest known of this extremely rare pattern issue.
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,500.
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Realized
$7,188






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