Montana Indian Variety MIRD-2
Images courtesy of Worthpoint
Two rays point to the second A in PLATA.
Burnie-M-1 (page 78),
Locke (2001) 4th of four depicted.
An extremely rare die variety. I know of one certified example, graded MS62 by NGC with certification
This variety is discussed in the January 1999 issue of the Brasher Bulletin, in Jay Roe's
Zerbe's Panama-Pacific Gold Token Patterns.
Roe calls the variety an "obviously unused pattern ... the difference in size is quite noticeable and
suggests that it might be a TWO." Roe refers to a larger denomination than One, since the
14.5mm diameter for MIRD-2 surpasses the 12.5mm diameter for MIRD-1.
Roe gives the pedigree for the discovery piece of MIRD-2 as lot 887 in the Auction '82 catalog.
But lot 887 from that auction is a Federal gold dollar. Lot 886 is an example of MIRQ-1.