Barber's capped Liberty design. Was this made to compete with the familiar Morgan design? This die shows a vertical die scratch to the left of the 'I' in 'In' from the rim to Liberty.
Only 3 examples are known as follows:
1) Maris 6/1886 ?, Garrett-JHU, Garrett I, Rothchild-Stacks 10/03, Queller-Heritage 1/09, Heritage 1/10 - NGC65, illustrated above courtesy of Heritage.
2) Cogan in 1883 ?, Garrett-JHU duplicate, Superior 2/77, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99, Simpson-Heritage 11/20 - PCGS63, Pollock plate listed under J1539/P1708
3) Farouk-Sothebys 2/54, Bolender 9/58, Cox-Stacks 4/62, 78 ANA, Evans-B/M 8/98, Kagins, Teletrade 4/10/99, Teletrade 3/6/00, Teletrade 8/16/00, Rau-Heritage 4/18 - PCGS62, cleaned, illustrated below.
This design was also struck in copper J1539/P1708 with only 2 known.
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An obverse hub trial in lead of just Liberty's head P3434 is known.