Obv: the regular-issue Indian cent dies from 1859. Rev: the later-adopted reverse dies for the 1860-1909 Indian cents. This is the famous 1859 Transitional pattern cent. It is a splendid example with rich rich golden-brown toning and sharply rendered design motifs. These were produced in quantity, far more than would be needed for pattern purposes. There is no record of their distribution to congressmen, and sales to numismatists do not seem to have been notable. It may be the case that these were circulation issues produced later in the year. This was the long-held thought of John J. Ford, Jr., who in the final edition of The Standard Catalogue of United States Coins included them as a regular issue. Dave Bowers, author of A Buyers’ and Enthusiasts’ Guide to Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents, shares this view and in the book gives details. This said, here indeed is a "pattern" that should play to an audience far beyond pattern specialists.