Click to enlargeJ597/P661

Although these are described as regular die trial pieces in the standard references, it is more likely that the off-metal 'trials' of this year were deliberately struck for sale to collectors.

Examples were struck as follows:

Copper J596/P660 from proof dies with a half dozen known

Niickel J597/P661 as illustrated, only 2 or 3 are known all from regular business dies and thus there is a possibility these are actually mint errors struck on shield nickel planchets. The 1890 Parmelee coin was called Unc, whereas the 1891 Doughty and 1892 Woodside coin was called Proof. It is unclear if these 3 sales represent 1 or 2 coins.

Silver J598/P662 with at least 2 know from regular business dies as follows:

1) Reed-Durham Museum

2) Woodin, Newcomer, Farouk, Dibello-Stacks 5/70, Sieck-B/R 8/81 ANA, Bass-HWBRF - PCGS61