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    1879 Flowing Hair PR 64 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. 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.
    This high grade example is obviously one of the backdated pieces struck in 1880, as evidenced by the light roller marks or die striations on the obverse. The obverse also shows a mixture of rich reddish-orange and lilac coloration, while the reverse has a deeper coppery-red patina surrounding the devices. The only mark of note is a hairline-thin scratch on the highpoint of Liberty's cheek. (NGC ID# 28AZ, PCGS# 8057)

    Weight: 7.00 grams

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


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    Auction Dates
    January, 1998
    7th-9th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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