Click to enlargeJ1733/P1944

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.

Its pedigree is A.M. Smith-Bolender's 101st 2/36 lot 29, Bolender 7/39, unknown intermediates, Stacks 1976 ANA, Paramount 3/78, Heritage 2007 ANA, Stacks 11/2007, Simpson-Heritage 1/22 FUN - PCGS65RB.

Photo courtesy of Heritage.