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    Exquisite 1879 PR 66 Flowing Hair Stella

    1879 Flowing Hair PR 66 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. 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 superb specimen offered here displays blushes of milky patina over both sides, hardly enough to squelch the glittering reflective qualities and moderately frosted features that lie underneath. Both sides exhibit an ever-so-slight greenish tint and appear to have escaped hairlining. This particular stella can be attributed in the future by a tiny planchet depression between the date and the portrait, just to the right of the 1. Easily one of the finer known examples of this immensely popular gold pattern. Population: 1 in 66, none finer (6/98). (NGC ID# 28AZ, PCGS# 8057)

    Weight: 7.00 grams

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

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    September, 1998
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