The PCGS Million Dollar Coin Club™ Coins

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Pattern Coins

There are 38 United States Mint patterns that are members of the PCGS Million Dollar Coin Club. These coins consist of 21 separate issues and 38 individual specimens, 29 of which are privately held. In date and denomination order they are:

1792 Silver Center cent (J-1), two coins - $1,000,000 to $1,250,000. There are 14 known examples of the silver center cent pattern. The two finest are million dollar coins. PCGS Coin# 11001

1792 Silver Center cent (J-1), MS64BN (PCGS grade) - $1,200,000
1792 Silver Center cent (J-1), MS63BN (estimated grade) - $1,200,000

1792 Silver Center Cent, without plug (J1-A), SP63RB (PCGS grade) - $1,600,000. There is one known example of the silver center cent that is missing the silver insert. PCGS Coin# 11000

1792 Birch cent (J-3), two coins - $1,200,000 each. The large copper patterns engraved by Robert Birch are now known as “Birch cents.” There are several varieties. For J-3 there are only two known specimens. Up from $1,000,000 last year. PCGS Coin# 11008

1792 Birch cent (J-3), AU58 (PCGS grade) - $1,200,000
1792 Birch cent (J-3), AU (estimated grade) - $1,200,000

1792 Birch cent (J-4), MS65BN (estimated grade) - $2,000,000. This is the finest of the eight known and was from the Garrett collection. Last year we thought $1 million was the right price. This year our guestimate for this incredible coin is double that. PCGS Coin# 11011

1792 Birch cent (J-5), AU50 (estimated grade) - $1,000,000. There are only two known specimens, one very worn. The finest known piece is from the Norweb collection and it is a million dollar coin. PCGS Coin# 11014

1792 Birch cent “G*W.PT.” (J-6), MS64 (estimated grade) - $1,000,000. This is the unique white metal striking. PCGS Coin# 11018

1792 copper half disme (J-8), EF40 - $1,000,000. This is the unique copper striking of the famous 1792 silver half disme. PCGS Coin# 11021

1792 pattern quarter struck in copper (J-12), MS64BN (estimated grade) - $2,000,000. There are two known examples and both are fairly nice. PCGS Coin# 11033

1792 copper quarter pattern (J-12), MS64BN (estimated grade) - $2,000,000
1792 copper quarter pattern (J-12) (Smithsonian), MS64BN (estimated grade) - $2,000,000

1792 pattern quarter struck in white metal (J-13), two coins - $1,000,000 to $1,400,000. There are only two known. PCGS Coin# 11036

1792 silver quarter (J-13), MS64 (estimated grade) - $1,400,000
1792 silver quarter (J-13), AU50 (estimated grade) - $1,000,000

1860 Paquet Reverse $20 Liberty gold piece (J-272a) Proof, PR64 (estimated grade) - $5,000,000. The unique proof example of this rarity is in the Smithsonian. PCGS Coin# 60414

1865 $20 gold pattern (J-452), two coins - $1,100,000 to $1,250,000. This is the design adopted in 1866, with the motto “In God We Trust” added to the reverse. There are two known specimens, one of which is in the Smithsonian. PCGS Coin# 60639

1865 $20 gold pattern (J-452), PR65 (PCGS grade) - $1,250,000
1865 $20 gold pattern (J-452) (Smithsonian), PR64 (estimated grade) - $1,100,000

1866 “No Motto” quarter, half and silver dollar - $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. The 1866 No Motto coinage is somewhat controversial. Since the Philadelphia Mint added the motto “In God We Trust” to coins in 1866 and stopped making the earlier no motto type, these coins may be patterns, extensions of the regular type, or fantasy pieces. Whatever they are, the quarter and half are unique and there are only two known specimens of the dollar.

1866 No Motto Liberty Seated quarter (J-536), PR63 (estimated grade) - $1,000,000
PCGS Coin# 60734
1866 No Motto Liberty Seated half dollar (J-538), PR63 (estimated grade) - $1,000,000
PCGS Coin# 6420
1866 No Motto Liberty Seated dollar (J-540), PR64 (estimated grade) - $1,500,000
PCGS Coin# 7009
1866 No Motto Liberty Seated dollar (J-540), PR63 (estimated grade) - $1,200,000
PCGS Coin# 7009

1872 “Amazonian” gold patterns $1,000,000 to $2,500,000. This is the unique “Amazonian” design pattern, a complete set of denominations including a gold $1, $2.5, $3, $5, $10 and $20, all of which are unique.

1872 Amazonian $1 (J-1224), PR66 (PCGS grade) - $1,000,000
PCGS Coin# 61496
1872 Amazonian $2.5 (J-1230), PR66 (PCGS grade) - $1,000,000
PCGS Coin# 61502
1872 Amazonian $3 (J-1235), PR67 (PCGS grade) - $1,300,000
PCGS Coin# 61507
1872 Amazonian $5 (J-1240), PR65 (PCGS grade) - $1,100,000
PCGS Coin# 61512
1872 Amazonian $10 (J-1245), PR65 (PCGS grade) - $1,200,000
PCGS Coin# 61517
1872 Amazonian $20 (J-1250), PR64 (PCGS grade) - $2,500,000
PCGS Coin# 61522

1874 “Bickford” $10 gold pattern (J-1373), two coins - $1,100,000 to $1,250,000. There are only two known examples of the famous Bickford $10 gold patterns. One of them sold last year for over $1.2 million.

1874 $10 gold pattern (J-1373), PR65DCAM (PCGS grade) - $1,250,000
PCGS Coin# 415032
1874 $10 gold pattern (J-1373), PR64 (PCGS grade) - $1,100,000
PCGS Coin# 61677

1877 $50 Gold Pattern 1877 $50 gold pattern (J-1546) PR67 (estimated grade) - $15,000,000. This is the famous “Half Union” pattern $50 gold piece. It is unique and in the Smithsonian Institution. We had the two $50 gold patterns listed at $10 million last year but all of our experts think $15 million is more like it today. PCGS Coin# 61890

1877 $50 gold pattern (J-1548) PR67 (estimated grade) - $15,000,000. A variation on the design of the $50 gold pattern listed above. This one is also unique and in the Smithsonian Institution. PCGS Coin# 61892

1879 $20 gold pattern (J-1643), PR63 (three coins, PCGS grades) - $1,000,000. There are five known of the famous "Quintuple Stella" design, and the three finest would probably bring a million dollars if auctioned today. PCGS Coin# 62022

1906 $20 Gold Pattern J1773 1906 $20 gold pattern (J-1773) PR63 (estimated grade) - $2,500,000. This unique specimen was struck with a matte finish, the first United States matte proof coin. It is in the Smithsonian but has a few scratches from mishandling. Up from $1,500,000 last year as we were probably light in last year's estimate and this is a unique gold pattern. PCGS Coin# 62230

1907 Indian Head $20 Saint-Gaudens gold pattern (J-1776) PR69 (estimated grade) - $15,000,000. This is a unique gold pattern that was designed by famed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It marries Saint-Gaudens’ $10 Indian Head obverse design to his $20 reverse design. Some numismatists refer to this coin as “Teddy’s coin” in reference to President Theodore Roosevelt’s involvement in coaxing Saint-Gaudens to redesign our nation’s $10 and $20 gold pieces. Kevin Lipton calls it “the other coin.” (See his comment on the 1849 $20.) This artistic masterpiece is privately held and the owner has reportedly turned down an offer of $15 million. PCGS Coin# 62238

1907 Double Thick Extremely High Relief $20 Saint-Gaudens, PR69 (estimated grade) - $8,500,000 (two coins). Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ “Extremely High Relief” design for the $20 gold piece is arguably the most beautiful coin ever made. Saint-Gaudens' design was struck in several variations including two examples that were smaller in diameter and “double thick.” Both of these gold patterns are in the Smithsonian Institution. PCGS Coin# 62243