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.

In nickel as illustrated, at least 3 are known. There is a possibility that some or all of these are actually mint errors struck on shield nickel planchets.

These were also struck in copper J596/P660 with a half dozen known and silver J598/P662 with at least 2 known.