MORE ON PATTERNS
Charlie Horning writes:
"In reply to Tom DeLorey's inquiry on
the earliest known sale of "identified" patterns, I have a bit of
information that may be helpful to him. I am a collector of Bangs
auction literature ... on a quick perusal of my collection, I was
able to identify an earlier catalogue containing patterns:
Bangs, Merwin & Co. sale of June 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 1859
The term "proof patterns" is even listed on the cover's
description of the sale.
There are several lots of patterns: i.e. lot 293 -- Copper Pattern
of 1/4 eagle 1803 sold to a Mr. Moses for $.10 (ten cents). In
the addenda, several patterns appear: Lots 127-130 Pattern
cents from 1858 -- all proofs. Lot 131 a "Nickle Flying Eagle
Cent, very Rare in that metal --1855".
My catalogue is priced and named in pencil for all the U.S. coins
Attenelli attributes the collection to John K. Curtis and E.M.Camp.
Hope this is of some value."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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