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    Simply Beautiful 1879 Flowing Hair Stella, PR 64 Cameo NGC

    1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, R.3, PR 64 Cameo NGC. This is a splendid representative of Charles Barber's design for the four dollar gold piece. Both sides display placid, watery fields that form a breathtaking backdrop to the frosted devices. The surfaces are impeccably preserved and there are no contact marks or hairlines that would seem to preclude an even higher grade. The characteristic roller marks are noted over the central devices on both sides, but the strike is sharp and all design elements are crisply detailed. Rich green-gold color rounds out the aesthetic desirability of this important gold pattern.
    The history of the four dollar gold piece, or "stella," is rooted in the late 19th century desire to produce U.S. coinage that would be acceptable on the international market. The dual denomination $5-25 francs pattern coinage of 1868 (Judd-656 through 659) is one of the earliest expressions of this desire. It was followed by Dana Bickford's 1874 pattern eagle (Judd-1373 through 1378) and, in 1879-1880, the stellas. The Flowing Hair motif designed by Charles Barber was struck in two alloys in 1879. Twenty five coins (Pollock-1832) were produced in the metric alloy of 85.71% gold, 4.29% silver, and 10.0% copper. The Mint delivered these pieces to Congress as part of three-piece pattern sets. Increased demand for representations of the new denomination resulted in the production of a further 400 coins (Pollock-1833) in the standard alloy of 90.0% gold and 10.0% copper. While we are unable to say for sure, it seems likely that the present example was struck on a standard alloy planchet.
    Ex: Herbert M. Bergen Collection (Quality Sales, 10/79), lot 1605.
    From the Collection of an East Coast Family. (NGC ID# 28AZ, PCGS# 8057)

    Weight: 7.00 grams

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

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