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    Wonderful 1879 Coiled Hair
    Stella Pattern in Gilt Copper
    Judd-1639, PR65

    1879 $4 Coiled Hair Four Dollar, Judd-1639, Pollock-1839, Low R.7, PR65 Gilt NGC. A head of Liberty faces left, her hair coiled in a bun atop her head, this coil held in place by a band inscribed LIBERTY. Around, the inscription * 6 * G * .3 * S * .7 * C * 7 * G * R * A * M * S * and below, the date 1879 is from a curved logotype. The reverse has a single large star that serves as the central motif, inscribed with incuse lettering ONE STELLA 400 CENTS. Around, in small letters, are the mottoes E PLURIBUS UNUM and DEO EST GLORIA. In large letters, around the border, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above, and the denomination FOUR DOL. below. Struck in gilt copper with a reeded edge. Weight of 58.7 grains from a prior appearance.
    The various four dollar patterns in metals other than gold can be just as elusive or even more so than their mostly-gold counterparts, though non-specialists rarely venture beyond the golden garden wall. In many ways, it is their loss and the enthusiast's gain, since the pattern collector has the opportunity to acquire a wider variety of examples with the same design, often at a lower price than the gold survivors command. In the case of the Judd-1639 Coiled Hair four dollar pattern in copper, with so many of the known specimens gilt, the appearance of such items is virtually indistinguishable from those pieces struck in the high-gold alloy.
    This Gem survivor is pleasingly mirrored with strong detail. The yellow-gold fields are smooth overall, though there are a few textured areas, including one just above the right arm of the star, that serve as pedigree markers. Great eye appeal and preservation for this famous and very rare issue.
    Ex: Stack's (8/1971), lot 500; RARCOA; Bowers and Merena (8/1987), lot 578.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AHU, PCGS# 62017)


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