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    Stunning Cameo 1879 Flowing Hair Stella

    1879 Flowing Hair PR 64 Cameo 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 these were soon forgotten when the international gold coin was rejected by Congress.
    This is a very impressive example of a stella, as the devices are heavily frosted and provide a white accent against the unfathomable blackness of the deeply mirrored fields. The peripheries have taken on a rich reddish patination with the interior portions of each side a bright yellow-gold. As with virtually all '79 Flowing Hair stellas, a few vertical die striations are seen down the face of Liberty, but these have very little effect on the overall eye appeal of this important coin.
    From the estate of Vaughn Papke. (NGC ID# 28AZ, PCGS# 8057)

    Weight: 7.00 grams

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


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    August, 1996
    14th-17th Wednesday-Saturday
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