This year is known for more 5 cent patterns and another famous silver set.

Charles Barber created 3 different obverse dies and modified an old shield nickel obverse by removing the ball at the bottom of the shield for another to produce 7 different 5 cent patterns. Representative examples of each obverse design are shown below.





The silver pattern set, for the quarter, half dollar and silver dollar was produced by George Morgan and is known today as the "Shield Earring" design. We show the half dollar J1700/P1902 below.

Copper regular dies trial pieces were made of the dollar and trade dollar. Both were among a set of 1884 copper die trials given to Jacob Smith, who authored the Mints visitor's guides under the name A.M. Smith for his wife.

Photos used courtesy of Teletrade and Heritage.

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