That's an interesting story but I would be very skeptical. The mint usually produces test tokens of the same composition, weight and size. I have several in my collection. I think you are right that the mint decided to cash in on the interest and there are about 7 pages of them listed in Charlton.I was in the Vending industry and could have requested test tokens, sometimes I'm just not to sharp.I have one, 99 caribou, as well but I bought it as a single. I heard a good argument for having them as they complete a caribou set for those that like that series, I do.