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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 23, June 4, 2000, Article 5

EARLIEST PATTERN COIN AUCTION? 

   Tom DeLorey writes: "I have in front of me a copy of the Bangs, 
   Merwin & Co., sale of  December 15-17, 1863.  Besides an 
   exceptional 1802 half dime, the sale lists an extensive section on 
   pattern coins (not all of which are patterns, but never mind). 

   Excuse me if this has been answered before, but what is the 
   earliest known sale that lists patterns as such?  One of the 
   pattern lots is an 1838 half dollar that says  "...purchased at the 
   sale of  Dr. Muhlenberg's coins, where it brought $47." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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