1884 G$1 Gold Dollar, Judd-1733, Pollock-1944, R.7-8, PR64 Red and Brown PCGS....
R.7-8 1884 Copper Gold Dollar Die Trials Striking1884 G$1 Gold Dollar, Judd-1733, Pollock-1944, R.7-8, PR64 Red and Brown PCGS. A regular die trials piece for the 1884 gold dollar. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. We can think of no valid reason for striking a gold dollar in copper in 1884. This, of course, is the case with many so-called die trials from the 19th century. The USPatterns.com website provides the best explanation: "believed to have been deliberately struck as part of the unique copper set from the quarter to double eagle, including the rare 1884 Trade dollar, presented to A.M. Smith, who authored the Mint's visitors guides." This would indicate that only one piece was struck, and was part of a complete gold set in copper, now broken up. However, that is not a given. When this piece was offered in the 1976 ANA Sale (lot 3640) that catalog stated "two or three struck." It was also pointed out in that sale that "in Adams and Woodin's text published in 1913 this coin as not recorded; hence extremely rare."
There is a significant amount of mint red that remains around the devices on each side, with the majority of the surfaces brown. A slight planchet lamination in the field below NIT helps to identify this rarity. Light flecks of carbon are observable with a glass; otherwise, the coin is problem-free. Moderately reflective in the fields. (PCGS# 72163)
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