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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