Although these have been described as regular die trial pieces, this is believed to have been deliberately struck as part of the unique copper set from the quarter to double eagle, including the rare 1884 trade dollar, presented to A.M. Smith, who authored the Mint's visitors guides.
It was sold by M.H. Bolender in his 101st sale of the A.M. Smith collection in February 1936 at lot 29. It later appeared in Stacks 1976 ANA, Paramount 3/78, Heritage 2007 ANA and Stacks 11/2007 sales.
Photo courtesy of Heritage.