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1838 Draped Bust  50c Pattern
22-JUN-2007 Larry Hill

1838 Draped Bust 50c Pattern

ANA Money Museum, Colorado Springs

This sample, with its elegant scrolled numerals, is not so rare as many of the other pattern pieces.

The Sheldon rarity scale goes something like this:

Rarity 1 - over 1,250 examples known
Rarity 2 - 501 to 1,250 known
Rarity 3 - 201 to 500 known
Rarity 4 - 76 to 200 known
Rarity 5 - 31 to 75 known
Rarity 6 - 13 to 30 known
Rarity 7 - 4 to 12 known
Rarity 8 - 1 to 3 known

The Henry W. Bass collection of pattern pieces in the Money Museum contains mostly Rarity 6 and 7, though, like this gem, there are a few 5's.

Nikon D2Xs ,nikkor 24-120 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S G ED VR
1/100s f/5.6 at 120.0mm iso500 full exif

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