United States Pattern Coins
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The coin pictured below is a pattern piece. It represents a proposed design for a five cent coin. In the Judd catalog system, it’s known as J-633.
As patterns go, it’s not particularly rare, listed as an R4 (76–200 known). Nor is it expensive, typically selling for around $1,200 to $1,500 today. I owned one of these many decades ago — they were even less expensive then and I think I remember selling it for less than $700.00.