Extremely Rare 1880 Judd-1659 Aluminum Stella, Flowing Hair Design1880 $4 Flowing Hair Four Dollar Stella, Judd-1659, Pollock-1859, High R.7, PR64 Cameo PCGS. The Flowing Hair design by Charles Barber. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. This impressive near-Gem cameo proof exhibits deeply mirrored light gray surfaces with highly lustrous devices that provide a high degree of contrast. A few faint hairlines are evident on each side, consistent with the assigned grade of this piece. The obverse has a tiny bubble in the surface that extends from the lower hair curl to the 0 in the date. Similar characteristics are often seen on aluminum pieces, perhaps a reason that this material was not chosen for regular coinage production. This example has a full strike in all areas except the hair curls immediately over the ear, continuing through TY on the coronet. A well-made specimen, this piece provides excellent aesthetic appeal. Both sides have faint striae across the devices, similar to those seen on gold examples, usually attributed as roller marks from the planchet preparation procedure.
It is generally believed that four examples of this pattern issue are known, although only incomplete pedigree information is available, and the actual population may be slightly higher, perhaps five or six pieces. We are aware of the following different pieces:
Gem Proof. Paramount (Rare Coin List #10, 6/1975); Jeff Browning Collection (Sotheby's and Stack's, 10/2001), lot 370.
Gem Proof. Garrett Collection (Stack's, 3/1976); Harry W. Bass, Jr. Research Foundation.
Proof. William H. Woodin; 1914 ANS Exhibit; Waldo Newcomer.
PR64 Cameo PCGS. The piece offered here. Prior pedigree not known, but not the Browning or Garrett-Bass coins, and believed different than the 1914 ANS Exhibit coin.
In addition to these pieces, two examples were once owned by Virgil M. Brand and two were owned by King Farouk, but it is not known if those are among the pieces listed above, or other examples. Andrew Pollock recorded appearances in a 1963 Abe Kosoff sale and a 1974 Superior sale. Much pedigree research has taken place in the pattern arena in recent years, especially due to the considerable efforts of Saul Teichman and others, published at USPatterns.com, but clearly a complete pedigree record of pattern coins is still not a reality.
From The Jones Beach Collection. (NGC ID# 2AJJ, PCGS# 62044)
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