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1880 Coiled Hair Stella Struck in Copper
Judd-1661, PR64 Red and Brown
One of Three Copper Examples Certified

1880 $4 Coiled Hair Four Dollar, Judd-1661, Pollock-1861, Low R.7, PR64 Red and Brown NGC.
The reverse and the obverse periphery are the same as Flowing Hair stellas as struck in the various metals, but the center obverse features the George T. Morgan Coiled Hair design. Liberty's hair is braided, and a hair band in front reads LIBERTY. The inscription (each character separated by stars) 6 G .3 S .7 C 7 G R A M S runs around the obverse rim. On the reverse a five-pointed star occupies the center, bearing the legend ONE STELLA / 400 CENTS. In an inner circle are E PLURIBUS UNUM and DEO EST GLORIA ("God is glory"), with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and FOUR DOL. around the outer rim. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

While the 1879 Flowing Hair stellas in gold are frequently seen in the numismatic marketplace, the 1880 designs, both Flowing Hair and Coiled Hair, are extremely rare regardless of the metal composition, be it gold, aluminum, or copper. Since the 1880 Coiled Hair design in gold is one of the most revered and coveted designs in all of U.S. numismatics, the 1880 Coiled Hair patterns struck in copper--while equally rare--provide another venue for collectors to obtain an example of the design. Many of the copper examples have been gilt, making this nongilt specimen all the more desirable. About a dozen examples are purported to exist, according to

Interestingly, while the 1880 Flowing Hair stellas show a date that is small, shifted right near the tresses, and distant from the denticles, the date on the 1880 Coiled Hair types is large and well-centered between the peripheral legends, the denticles, and the bust truncation, providing yet another point of contrast among these interesting designs.

Physical Description.
Tinges of purple, pink, and blue iridescence emanate throughout both sides, with much luster clinging to the surfaces and only a few light flecks appearing under a loupe. A small spot directly atop the T and one through the left side of the S in TES will serve as pedigree markers, with a few others sprinkled around the date, the portrait, and the left obverse field. There are scant visible signs of contact, and generous eye appeal is the chief attribute of both sides of this extremely rare and popular coin. There are two Brown coins certified at NGC--one each in PR65 Brown and PR67 Brown Cameo--but this PR64 is the only Red and Brown at NGC. There are none certified at PCGS (10/08). This wonderful coin represents what may be some fortunate collector's last, best chance to acquire an example for many years to come.

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From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 2AJK, PCGS# 72046)

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