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    Gem Flowing Hair Stella

    1879 Flowing Hair PR 65 PCGS. 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. The coin was designed by Charles Barber in 1879 after a design his father, William, had executed in the previous year. That same year 415 pieces were struck as patterns (Judd-1635) and then widely distributed around Washington circles to popularize the proposed new denomination, but were soon forgotten when the international gold coin was rejected by Congress. The coin itself is deeply mirrored in the fields with a trace of haze on the obverse. Faint traces of die striations are most apparent on the reverse. The devices are lightly frosted, and there are no obvious or distracting blemishes on either side. (NGC ID# 28AZ, PCGS# 8057)

    Weight: 7.00 grams

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


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    Auction Dates
    August, 1995
    16th-19th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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