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USA 1965 GARDINER’S ISLAND NEW YORK, PATTERN PROOF ON NICON COIN. 38.7 MM TRIAL PROOF

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These Trial coins testing new alloys were struck by Franklin Mint on this Island’s name dated 1965. Franklin Mint has produced these trial coins in 4 types of metals, Silver-Clad 3000 pieces, Franklinium 3000 pieces, Nicon Franklinium II 3000 pieces and Plantinum 2 pieces. These trial coin are mentioned in Bruce’s 4th edition of "Unusual Coins of the World” by Krause publication.

Gardiners Island, a small island in the town of East Hampton, New York, in eastern Suffolk County; it is located in Gardiners Bay between the two peninsulas at the eastern end of Long Island. It is 6 miles (9.7 km) long, 3 miles (4.8 km) wide and has 27 miles (43 km) of coastline. The island has been owned by the Gardiner family and their descendants for nearly 400 years, and it is the only American real estate still intact as part of an original royal grant from the English Crown. It is one of the larger privately owned islands in the United States, but not the largest.  It is of similar size, although smaller, than Naushon Island in Massachusetts that is owned by the Forbes family.