Regular die trials striking of the 1870 Liberty eagle. Polished at some point, though not harshly, with bright yellow gold surfaces the end result. The uspatterns.com website notes the following about Judd-1035: "Although these are described as regular die trial pieces in the standard references, it is more likely they were deliberately struck for sale to collectors as part of complete off-metal sets. Examples were struck as follows: Copper (Judd-1035, as here) with only four or five believed to exist of which at least one has been gilt (the present coin); Aluminum (Judd-1036) with only two or three believed to exist; Nickel (Judd-1037) which is believed to be unique." The present gilt copper specimen is probably unique, and advanced pattern specialists are urged to keep that concept in mind when they plan their bidding strategy.