Click to enlargeJA1893-1/P3497

This is the unique obverse die trial for the 1893 Isabella quarter struck on cardboard.

Written on the back is a notation probably by Mint Director Edward O Leech which states that this is the first impression from the dies and was received from Mint Superintendent O.C. Bosbyshell.

There is also a unique companion die trial of the reverse JA1893-2/P3500.

To my knowledge, this is the first time this piece has been illustrated and made available to the collecting fraternity at large.

Photo courtesy of the American Numismatic Society, accession number 1948.108.1.