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    1879 Flowing Hair PR 20. Polished. The stella, or four-dollar gold piece, was proposed by John Kasson as an international coin whose value would be roughly equivalent to that of an Austrian 8-florin. In 1879 415 pieces were struck as patterns (Judd-1635) and widely distributed around Washington circles to popularize the proposed new denomination, but were soon forgotten when the international gold coin was rejected by Congress. This is a rough example of a stella with numerous small marks peppering both sides and evidence of a vigorous cleaning having been applied to the surfaces. Still, even in this condition the coin should generate considerable interest on the part of collectors who have long hoped for an affordable, low grade example of this rare denomination. (NGC ID# 28AZ, PCGS# 8057)

    Weight: 7.00 grams

    Metal: 86% Gold, 4% Silver, 10% Copper


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    Auction Dates
    July, 1993
    28th-31st Wednesday-Saturday
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