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1879 $4 Coiled Hair, Judd-1639 Gilt, Pollock-1839, R.7, PR63 NGC....

2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358

 
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Auction Ended On: Nov 5, 2004
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Gilt 1879 Coiled Hair Stella Pattern
1879 $4 Coiled Hair, Judd-1639 Gilt, Pollock-1839, R.7, PR63 NGC. The Coiled Hair Stellas were produced in gold, copper, and aluminum. A single example is also known in tin, or white metal as it is usually called. The total number of patterns known for this issue is less than the total of gold examples; but of course, the gold pieces will sell for substantially more. Andrew Pollock listed eight examples of this pattern in copper and four or five in aluminum. Five of the copper examples and one aluminum example were labeled as gilt, according to Pollock. These can only be differentiated by weight, which is usually not recorded on the grading service holders.
If properly produced and nicely preserved, the gilt pattern four dollar Stellas can be every bit as attractive as those struck in gold, yet substantially less expensive. This example is an excellent illustration. The surfaces are considerably reflective with bright yellow-gold coloration. Many of the gilt patterns were actually produced within the mint so that those receiving these pieces could get an actual feel for the way final coins might look. Others were gilded outside the mint, at a later date, as special items for collectors. It is exceedingly difficult to distinguish between these today.(#62017) (PCGS# 62017)

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