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Exciting Patterns From the Heritage FUN 2022 Auction

The Heritage FUN 2022 sale was exciting for patterns, being led by the Virgil Brand 1874 gold Bickford $10 Eagle selling for nearly $2 million and the John Work Garrett 1792 copper Disme selling for over $1.1 million. There were just under 100 patterns in the sale, including 14 patterns that sold for over $100,000. Most were classic patterns, with a notable exception being a 1971-S working prototype of the Eisenhower Dollar that sold for over $250,000. The 14 patterns consist of coins in the Pattern category, along with several Stella coins, Gobrecht dollars and the Working Prototype of the Eisenhower Dollar. Among the coins that sold for less than $100k, some notable coins included 3 Martha Washington patterns.

It would be difficult to cover all the patterns in the sale, so this article will only cover the 14 $100k and above pattern coins listed below. Of note, several collectors of note for patterns appeared more than once including the following with more than one appearance, in alphabetical order by last name: Virgil Michael Brand, King Farouk, Waldo Newcomer, Lorin Gilbert Parmelee, Bob Simpson and Dr. John Wilkison. Bob Simpson, the most recent collector on the list, made a strong showing with 9 of the 14 patterns selling for above $100k.

Census of $100k and above patterns in the Heritage Auctions 2022 FUN sale:

  1. $1.98 million - 1874 Gold Bickford $10 Eagle - PCGS PR65+CAM - Woodin-Brand-Trompeter-Simpson
  2. $1.17 million - 1792 Copper Disme - PCGS SP64BN - John Work Garrett-Simpson
  3. $504,000 - 1880 Gold Coiled Hair Stella - NGC PR61 - Dr. John Wilkison
  4. $288,000 - 1838 Silver Gobreht Dollar Restrike - PCGS PR64 - Newcomer-Green-Boyd-Farouk-Ostheimer-Simpson
  5. $264,000 - 1877 Gilt Copper $50 Half Union - NGC PF63+ - King Farouk
  6. $264,000 - 1971-S 40% Silver Working Prototype Eisenhower Dollar - PCGS SP67 - Lydston-Frohman
  7. $216,000 - 1879 Gold Flowing Hair $4 Stella - PCGS PR65 - Thomas F. Peterson
  8. $180,000 - 1879 Gold Flowing Hair $4 Stella - NGC PF64+CAM
  9. $168,000 - 1915 No-S Copper PPIE Half Dollar - PCGS PR66RB CAC - Newman-Simpson
  10. $132,000 - 1839 Gobrecht Dollar Restrike - PCGS PR64 - Parmelee-Brand-Simpson
  11. $128,000 - 1879 Silver Washlady Dollar - PCGS PR66+CAC - Mike Turoff-Simpson
  12. $126,000 - 1882 Silver Shield Earring Dollar - PCGS PR65+ - Parmelee-Clapp-Eliasberg
  13. $111,000 - 1839 Gobrecht Dollar Restrike - PCGS PR65 - Simpson
  14. $108,000 - 1874 Aluminum Bickford $10 Eagle - PCGS PR65CAM - Stickney-Pittman-Simpson
Much thanks to Heritage Auctions and Collectors Universe for providing the information assembled in this article.


1. 1874 Bickford $10 Eagle in Gold - Brand-Wilkison

Catalog: Judd-1373, Pollock-1518

Pedigree: Virgil Michael Brand, Dr. John Wilkison, Ed Trompeter, Bob Simpson

Grade: PCGS PR65+CAM (44156128)

Sale: $1,980,000 Heritage Auctions (January 13, 2022)


There are only two known specimens of the gold 1874 Bickford gold $10 eagle:
  • PCGS PR65+ CAM: Virgil Brand Specimen
  • PCGS PR65 DCAM: Waldo Newcomer Specimen
The Virgil Brand specimen was acquired by Bob Simpson and offered at FUN in 2022. It reached a strong $1.98 million, a significant increase over the $1.625 million attained by the Newcomer Specimen sold by Heritage at FUN 12 years earlier in 2010.

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2. 1792 Copper Disme with Reeded Edge - Garrett-Simpson

Catalog: Judd-10, Pollock-11

Pedigree: John Work Garrett, Bob Simpson

Grade: PCGS SP64BN (31387644)

Sale: $1,170,000 Heritage Auctions (January 14, 2022)


This coin is the only specimen-graded specimen by PCGS and is also finest known privately available reeded edge variety of just 2, the other being graded PCGS PR62.

It previously sold on April 28, 2016 for $705,000.

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3. 1880 Coiled Hair $4 Stella

Catalog: Judd-1660, Pollock-1860

Pedigree: Dr. John Wilkison

Grade: NGC PF61 (4487165-001)

Sale: $504,000 Heritage Auctions (January 14, 2022)


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4. 1838 Gobrecht Dollar Restrike - Name Omitted

Catalog: Judd-88, Pollock-98

Pedigree: Waldo Newcomer, Green, F.C.C. Boyd, King Farouk, Bob Simpson

Grade: PCGS PR64 (44160951)

Sale: $288,000 Heritage Auctions (January 13, 2022)


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5. 1877 Gilt Copper $50 Half Union

Catalog: Judd-1549 Gilt, Pollock-1722

Pedigree: King Farouk

Grade: NGC PR63+ (3754356-001)

Sale: $264,000 Heritage Auctions (January 14, 2022)


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6. 1971-S $1 Eisenhower Dollar Prototype

Catalog: DDO-023/ODV-010/RDV-007

Pedigree: Lee C. Lydston, David Frohman

Grade: PCGS SP67 (37150154)

Sale: $264,000 Heritage Auctions (January 14, 2022)


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7. 1879 Four Dollar $4 Stella in Gold

Catalog: Judd-1635, Pollock-1833

Pedigree: King Farouk

Grade: PCGS PR65 (25248767)

Sale: $216,000 Heritage Auctions (January 14, 2022)


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8. 1879 Flowing Hair $4 Stella

Catalog: Judd-1635, Pollock-1833

Grade: NGC PR64+ CAC (6060362-001)

Sale: $180,000 Heritage Auctions (January 14, 2022)


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9. 1915 No-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar in Copper

Catalog: Judd-1792/1962, Pollock-2030

Pedigree: Waldo Newcomer, Bob Simpson

Grade: PCGS PR66RB CAC (44160975)

Sale: $168,000 Heritage Auctions (January 13, 2022)


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10. 1839 Gobrecht Dollar Restrike - Name Omitted

Catalog: Judd-108 Restrike, Pollock-121

Pedigree: Lorin Gilbert Parmelee, Virgil Michael Brand, Bob Simpson

Grade: PCGS PR64 (44161066) - No Longer Certified

Sale: $132,000 Heritage Auctions (January 13, 2022)


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11. 1879 Washlady Dollar in Silver

Catalog: Judd-1603, Pollock-1798

Pedigree: Mike Turoff, Bob Simpson

Grade: PCGS PR66+ CAC (44160963)

Sale: $126,000 Heritage Auctions (January 13, 2022)


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12. 1882 Shield Earring Dollar in Silver

Catalog: Judd-1702, Pollock-1904

Pedigree: Lorin Gilbert Parmelee, John H. Clapp, Louis E. Eliasberg, Bob Simpson

Grade: PCGS PR65+ (44160966)

Sale: $126,000 Heritage Auctions (January 13, 2022)


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13. 1839 Gobrecht Dollar Restrike - Die Alignment III

Catalog: Judd-104 Restrike, Pollock-116

Pedigree: Bob Simpson

Grade: PCGS PR65 (43829186, formerly 44156039)

Sale: $111,000 Heritage Auctions (January 13, 2022)


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14. 1874 Bickford $10 Eagle in Aluminum

Catalog: Judd-1376, Pollock-1521

Pedigree: Matthew Adams Stickney, John Jay Pittman, Bob Simpson

Grade: PCGS PR65CAM CAC (44156130)

Sale: $108,000 Heritage Auctions (January 13, 2022)


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