Click to enlargeJ1039/P1174

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 in the following combinations:

Copper J1038/P1173 with fewer than a half dozen known including the piece illustrated below.



Aluminum J1039/P1174 with 2 believed known including the illustrated one, ex-Farouk, Heritage 6/04, Heritage 11/04, Heritage 3/05.

Nickel J1040/P1175 with only the Farouk coin known.

Photos courtesy of Heritage.