Click to enlargeJ1447/P1592

Although these are described as regular die trial pieces in the standard references, it is more likely they were deliberately struck for sale to collectors as part of complete off-metal sets.

Examples were struck as follows:

Copper J1446/P1591 with only 4 or 5 known, at least 2 are gilted.

Aluminum J1447/P1592 with only 2 or 3 known, including the illustrated example and another that has been gilt.

Note: The die trials of this year are often found gilt due to the extreme rarity of many of the gold denominations.

Photo courtesy of Tangible Asset Galleries.