Click to enlargeJ378/P446

Although described in the literature as "regular dies trial pieces", these are actually novodels/backdated restrikes deliberately made circa 1869 and into the early 1870s and sold as part of complete off-metal sets of the silver coinage of this year containing quarter, half dollar and dollar which had the reverses of 1866 with the motto "In God We Trust" above the eagle.

This coin is struck from an obverse die with a broken "D" in "United".

Examples were struck as follows: For all available images, click here.

Copper J378/P446 with a dozen or so believed to exist. We list 8 or 9 below for which color images exist.

1) Stacks 5/85 (cataloged as a J420 in error), Smithsonian

2) Heritage 4/06, Heritage 10/06, Heritage 1/07 FUN lot 1304 NGC67RB

3) Heritage 1/04 FUN, Heritage 8/04, Rau-Heritage 4/18 NGC66RB, illustrated above, click on the thumbnail image to enlarge

4) Heritage 1/07 FUN lot 1303, Heritage 2/07, Heritage 4/07, Heritage 5/07, Heritage 6/07 PCGS65RB

5) An example imaged on PCGS.com/CoinFacts - PCGS65RB with a spot at reverse edge at 9:00, possibly the same as #4?

6) Superior 5/90, Heritage 1/99 FUN, Simpson-Heritage 9/20 PCGS64RED

7) Heritage 3/11, Heritage 3/14, Cook-Legend Auctions 7/18 PCGS64BN

8) Heritage 6/00 NGC64BN

9) Goldberg 9/09 PCGS genuine, cleaned, possibly the same as #7

Aluminum J379/P447 with only 2 known as follows:

1) Bryan-NASCA 4/77, unknown intermediates, Simpson-Heritage 2/21, Heritage 5/23 - PCGS66 with a defect at obverse rim at 6:30

2) An example imaged on PCGS.com/CoinFacts - PCGS64 with some corrosion in centers and under the ME in DIME

One of these is ex Woodin, Newcomer, Farouk, the other ex Brenner-1914 ANS, Brand (journal #92500:450), Norweb-NN41st 9/53

Nickel J380/P448 with 2 known as follows:

1) Doughty (NY Coin & Stamp 4/1891), H.P, Smith II (S.H. & H. Chapman 6/1906), Brand (journal #33870)

2) Brenner-1914 ANS, Brand (journal #92500:448)

One of these is ex Curtis-Mehl 1/42 and/or Norweb-NN41st 9/53.

The illustrated piece below, courtesy of PCGS, is ex ANR 7/03 as NGC66, Simpson-Heritage 1/21 FUN - PCGS66.



Photo courtesy of Heritage.