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    Rare and Desirable 1879 Flowing Hair Stella

    1879 Flowing Hair PR 64 NGC. 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 to popularize the proposed new denomination, but were soon forgotten when the international gold coin was rejected by Congress.
    The surfaces of this piece are bright yellow-gold with a touch of orange in the center of the obverse. The fields are moderately reflective with just a bit of cartwheel effect evident. The devices show the parallel die striations commonly seen on these pieces, but these are not deep enough to have any effect on the overall visual appeal of the coin. An exceptionally attractive, near-gem example of this popular experimental coin. Population: 22 in 64, only 7 finer (11/95). (NGC ID# 28AZ, PCGS# 8057)

    Weight: 7.00 grams

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


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    March, 1996
    14th-16th Thursday-Saturday
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