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    1879 Coiled Hair Stella in Aluminum
    Judd-1640, PR63+ Cameo

    1879 $4 Coiled Hair Four Dollar, Judd-1640, Pollock-1840, High R.7, PR63+ Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. Of the Judd-1640 patterns that we have traced, with the aid of Andrew Pollock's reference on the subject, we note that one of the extant specimens is gilt and, as such, will never accurately represent the issue. Perhaps that piece was plated to represent the more popular gold version, Judd-1638, or to be worn as jewelry. That leaves four non-gilt Judd-1640 patterns, but only three are "available," as the fourth specimen -- the Maris-Garrett piece -- is permanently impounded in the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Research Foundation core collection.

    When this piece appeared in the October 2001 sale of the Dallas Bank Collection -- a Sotheby's and Stack's collaboration -- it was described as follows:

    "Choice Brilliant Proof. A lovely example. A bright silver-gray in color. The obverse and reverse fields are full, deep mirrors against which the lightly frosted central devices stand out well. Some light horizontal scratches in the center of the obverse, and with a small mark near the rim at 9 o'clock. Extremely rare. Only five different specimens have been definitively traced and an additional two are unconfirmed. Weight: 1.26 grams. Judd 1640; Adams-Woodin 1580; Pollock 1840."



    The "small mark" noted by the previous cataloger is actually a strike-through error. Closer examination reveals that the foreign material that was on the planchet actually extended around the periphery of the coin from the A of GRAMS at 3 o'clock, to star 4 at the 9 o'clock position. Most of the strike-through is barely discernible, with a void affecting the 3 of★ .3★ at the left obverse rim being the only noticeable remnant of the mint-produced anomaly. A similar, albeit smaller strike-through is observed on the reverse through MER of AMERICA. Here the foreign debris appears to be thread. Neither irregularity impacts the grade, which is more determined by five or six superficial scratches on the Liberty's cheek and myriad light abrasions in the delicately mirrored fields. Overall, this specimen is a pleasing representative of Judd-1640, and one of only three non-gilt specimens in private hands.
    Ex: Rare Coin List #10 (Paramount, 6/1975); Dallas Bank Collection (Sotheby's/Stack's, 10/2001), lot 369.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 537346, Base PCGS# 62018)


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