Click to enlargeJ994/P1124

Although described as regular dies trial pieces in the literature, these are believed to have been deliberately struck for sale to collectors as part of complete off-metal sets.

Examples were struck as follows:

Copper J993/P1123 with about a half dozen known.

Aluminum J994/P1124 with apparently 3 known including:

1) Fredericks-Heritage 1/04, Simpson-Heritage 8/21 - PCGS65 illustrated above

2) Denali, Heritage 8/13, 1/15, 2/16 - PCGS66

3) Legend 6/21 - PCGS65

Scotman's 10/04 sale probably duplicates one of these.

Nickel J995/P1125 with only the Anderson-Dupont, Bergin-Stacks 6/84 piece and possibly the following piece confirmed.

Copper-nickel J995A/P1126 with only the Brand?, B.G. Johnson (offered to Boyd on 7/16/41 invoice), Boosel-RARCOA 4/72, Heritage 12/90 coin known. It is likely that this is a toned nickel example as opposed to being struck on a planchet similar in composition to an 1857-1864 cent.

One of these last 2 is ex B.G. Johnson, Kosoff in 1945 as noted in the Newman Numismatic Portal listing of invoices.

Photo courtesy of Heritage.