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1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, R.3--...

2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349

 
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Auction Ended On: Jun 3, 2004
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Location: Long Beach, CA
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More Affordable 1879 Flowing Hair Four Dollar, ANACS-Certified
1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, R.3--Scratched, Cleaned--ANACS. Net PR55. The attribution, as well as the striking characteristics, identify this coin as one of the 1879 Flowing Hair Stellas struck in standard gold alloy early in 1880. The otherwise sharp definition wanes a little in the centers, particularly on the obverse, and one can even see some Mint-made striations in these areas. Despite some mishandling, the surfaces retain much of the original proof finish. The fields are appreciably reflective and the devices are suitably frosted in finish. The interplay between this reflectivity and frosted texture provide a relatively pleasing cameo effect that is more-or-less evident depending upon the light angle. Both sides exhibit green-gold coloration with scattered hairlines from a cleaning. A few moderate distractions are noted on the obverse around Liberty's neckline and before the brow, and there is a reverse pinscratch from the left border.
We are pleased to be offering more than one representative of the fabled Flowing Hair Stella in this sale. While the present specimen is not perfect, it does offer plenty of crisp striking definition, much of the original finish, and pleasing coloration for a more modest sum. A respectable candidate for inclusion in a gold type set.
From the Virgil Farstad Collection, Part Two.(#88057) (NGC ID# 28AZ, PCGS# 88057)

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