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my biggest and best new pickup ever


When this 1874 Silver 20c Pattern Proof came home with me from the FUN Show last week, it unquestionably became the centerpiece of my entire collection—I have never owned a coin anywhere near the caliber of this piece, and I'm pleased to be her new custodian after 50 years residing in the Bass collection & ANA Museum.

This coin's design, toning, eye appeal, pedigree, rarity and denomination were all factors that compelled me to stretch for it. Plus, it was on my short-list of patterns that I find intriguing, and it crossed the block in the first live numismatic auction that I've ever attended. I hope to treasure the coin—and the experience—for decades to come.

[Additional Info]
Judd-1354 represents one of the two initial pattern designs created for the new 20c. The correspondence between Mint leadership is documented in Brunner & Frost's book. [link: 1874 Patterns] The obverse is adapted from Asst. Engraver Joseph Bailley's earlier Trade Dollar Pattern, and William Barber produced the familiar reverse using the eagle from the Trade.

Judd's Pattern Coins, 9th Edition lists this as a Low R.7, with a Pop 7 between NGC/PCGS (current pops show 11 examples). USPatterns.com states "about 2 dozen known"; that would leave a surprising number of raw examples. In PR65, this is a top pop 3/0 coin at PCGS (tied with the Simpson specimen) and 5/0 including NGC. There is a single CAC-approved example which is in PCGS PR64, and there is an NGC coin in 65CAM (no CAMs at PCGS).

This pattern seldom surfaces at auction—in the past two decades, records show the Simpson example which sold in 2020, the 64 CAC example that sold in 2013, and the NGC 65CAM which sold in 2009. This die pair did strike additional examples in other metals (mostly copper), but I strongly prefer patterns that are struck in a given denomination's intended metal.

I also wanted to show the in-hand appearance—please forgive my amateur photography skills :)

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    FloridafacelifterFloridafacelifter Posts: 1,155 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations that’s a really beautiful coin- I hope you enjoy it for many years to come!

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    mirabelamirabela Posts: 4,970 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow! That's truly special.

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    Inspired70Inspired70 Posts: 504 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Awesome @PocketChange! I agree that if you are going to stretch for something, she is definitely worth stretching for. Congratulations.

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    Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 11,150 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 14, 2023 7:06AM

    Fantastic coin and a great write up!
    I’m sure it was thrilling to do all that research and then actually win the piece in a live major auction. A memory you will always cherish.

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    gonzergonzer Posts: 2,991 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 14, 2023 7:47AM


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    MWallaceMWallace Posts: 3,864 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Gorgeous!! Congratulations.

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    CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,605 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So happy for you! Really pretty. I bet bidding live in person was a thrill - it has been for me the few times I've done so. I can imagine your pulse was running high. Did you have some competition? Would love to hear more about your auction experience.

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    Project NumismaticsProject Numismatics Posts: 1,338 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Love the symbolism incorporated into the design - there's so much going on in the artistry. Wonderful example - congrats on a fine acquisition!

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is a beautiful proof coin.... Great detail ... Thanks for the pictures. Cheers, RickO

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    FlatwoodsFlatwoods Posts: 4,122 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Amazing piece! Congratulations on the acquisition.

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    DelawareDoonsDelawareDoons Posts: 3,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thats pretty awesome, congratulations on the world-class addition. It's scary to step up for big coins but once you do it once or twice, it starts to feel "right".

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    1madman1madman Posts: 1,298 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful coin. Any chance it could cameo? The last picture shows contrast

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    mark_dakmark_dak Posts: 1,095 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations


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    kazkaz Posts: 9,067 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love your new win; congratulations! I enlarged the images to admire the fine details on the eagle, the engraver's skills are impressive!

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    Pnies20Pnies20 Posts: 2,068 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow congratulations! What an accomplishment to own a coin that was in the ANA museum!

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    JimTylerJimTyler Posts: 3,059 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yep…that’s a good one.

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    gumby1234gumby1234 Posts: 5,428 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful pattern.

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    WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 6,709 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Heck of a purchase!


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    JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice one!

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    keyman64keyman64 Posts: 15,456 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Amazing coin, congratulations!

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    jfriedm56jfriedm56 Posts: 847 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Absolutely a special piece to be admired. Congratulations on your very wonderful new pattern!

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    BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,735 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fantastic! Enjoy her.

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    joeykoinsjoeykoins Posts: 14,881 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 14, 2023 9:34AM

    Beautiful Specimen
    Nice choice in Americana Coinage!
    Is that your coin pictured in the PCGS Photo example for that Pattern?
    The first coin portrait of the 1874 in the pf.65?
    Also, one of three for pf 65 and
    TOP POP?

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    sparky64sparky64 Posts: 7,026 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fantastic centerpiece!

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    2windy2fish2windy2fish Posts: 817 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow! Truly stunning! Congrats to you!

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    WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,355 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A pattern coin, that will make you smile endlessly.
    To own such a coin with such history is an envy to most of us.
    If you are ever getting a little down in spirits, taking a look at her will brighten up your day.
    Congratulations on acquiring it.

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    Eldorado9Eldorado9 Posts: 2,112 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A truly exquisite piece of US pattern coinage...Congrats Buddy.

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    DeplorableDanDeplorableDan Posts: 2,557 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congrats Pal, that is a superb coin and it looks wonderful amongst the rest of your collection. Such a cool design

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    AvocetAvocet Posts: 226 ✭✭✭✭

    This coin is truly spectacular, and I am very jealous. Opportunities to acquire a coin like this are rare and fall into the “coin of a lifetime” category for many serious collectors. Congratulations! :)

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    BarndogBarndog Posts: 20,458 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Miss Liberty is nonplussed

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    johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,518 ✭✭✭✭✭

    that sure is one beautiful coin to have, congrats

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    pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,593 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bravo!! <3<3<3

    Oh my, my ... what a wonderful example!! Congratulations!!!

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    ponderitponderit Posts: 1,543 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Simply gorgeous, congratulations!

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    MS66MS66 Posts: 200 ✭✭✭

    Breathtaking. Never even knew of this pattern.

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    NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 896 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Awesome coin, congratulations,

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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    ashelandasheland Posts: 22,694 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Splendid! Congratulations. :)

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    jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,318 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great pickup @POCKETCHANGE Well beyond my capabilities, but still impressed greatly. Beautiful pattern coin. Congrats.

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    nwcoastnwcoast Posts: 2,845 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Breathtaking, Stunning and gorgeous! Words fall short on this.
    Congratulations on this great and truly unique aquisition.👍

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    cheezhedcheezhed Posts: 5,689 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fabulous coin and wonderful story.

    Many happy BST transactions
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    shortnockshortnock Posts: 371 ✭✭✭

    ...What everybody has said!!!

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    RayboRaybo Posts: 5,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Some collectors do not like patterns for some reason, but I love them.
    You now have a very nice example PC, congratulations!

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    ChangeInHistoryChangeInHistory Posts: 3,008 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow! ...and Congratulations!

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    FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,854 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You already had some nice proof Walkers and now this?

    I won't say I'm jealous, but I'm jealous. :smile: I've always had a soft spot for patterns, and this is a really nice one. Congrats!

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    semikeycollectorsemikeycollector Posts: 931 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 15, 2023 5:36AM

    The agriculture surrounding Miss Liberty with her well detailed head and face are a feast to the eyes! The proof strike, level of preservation and lovely golden toning only amplify this. Plus with only 2 dozen known seems like good bang for the buck as well!

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    calgolddivercalgolddiver Posts: 1,402 ✭✭✭✭✭

    outstanding and congratulations !!!

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    P0CKETCHANGEP0CKETCHANGE Posts: 2,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks all! I appreciate the kind words and support for the new pickup. It’s great to be able to celebrate such a milestone acquisition with folks on the forum—you guys get it.

    Coming soon to the BST: the rest of my collection to fund more patterns :p

    Nothing is as expensive as free money.

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    jmski52jmski52 Posts: 22,380 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's a really nice centerpiece coin, great pedigree, very attractive, interesting history. Congratulations!

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