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 Mints visitor's guides.
It was sold by M.H. Bolender in his 101st sale of the A.M. Smith collection in February 1936 and resold in his 11/38 sale. It later appeared in Stacks 1976 ANA and B/R October 1977 Fairfield sale and a teletrade sale. It is presently graded PCGS66RB.
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