Click to enlargeJ1171/P1313

Although these are described as regular die trial pieces in the standard references, it is more likely that the off-metal 'trials' of this year were deliberately struck for sale to collectors.

Examples were struck as follows:

Copper J1170/P1312 with fewer than a half dozen believed to exist.

Aluminum J1171/P1313 with only 3 or 4 believed to exist

Nickel J1172/P1314 which is believed to be unique as a pattern. There is second example in well circulated condition that was offered in the 2001 ANA sale. This is more likely a mint error struck on a shield nickel planchet.

Photo courtesy of American Numismatic Rarities.