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    1880 Aluminum Stella, Flowing Hair Design
    Judd-1659, PR64 Cameo
    Extremely Rare

    1880 $4 Flowing Hair Four Dollar Stella, Judd-1659, Pollock-1859, High R.7, PR64 Cameo PCGS. CAC. The Flowing Hair design by Charles Barber. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. This impressive near-Gem cameo proof exhibits deeply mirrored light gray surfaces with highly lustrous devices that provide a high degree of contrast. A few faint hairlines are evident on each side, consistent with the assigned grade of this piece. The obverse has a shallow lamination in the surface that extends from the lower hair curl to the 0 in the date. Similar characteristics are often seen on aluminum pieces, perhaps a reason that this material was not chosen for regular coinage production. This example has a full strike in all areas except the hair curls immediately over the ear, continuing through TY on the coronet. A well-made specimen, this piece provides excellent aesthetic appeal. Both sides have faint striae across the devices, similar to those seen on gold examples, usually attributed as roller marks from the planchet preparation procedure.

    It is generally believed that five examples of this pattern issue are known, although only incomplete pedigree information is available, and the actual population may be slightly higher, perhaps six or seven pieces. We have compiled a roster of pieces known to us below:

    Roster of 1880 Flowing Hair Aluminum Stellas, Judd-1659
    1. PR67 PCGS. Paramount (Rare Coin List #10, 6/1975); Jeff Browning; Dallas Bank Collection (Sotheby's and Stack's, 10/2001), lot 370; Simpson Collection.
    2. PR65 NGC. Auction '89 (Superior, 7/1989), lot 874; September Sale (Stack's, 9/2003), lot 704; David Queller; Lemus Collection (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1938. Gilt aluminum.
    3. PR64 Cameo PCGS. FUN Signature Auction (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 1600. The present piece.
    4. Gem Proof. Dr. Edward Maris; Maris Collection (H.P. Smith, 6/1886), lot 227; T. Harrison Garrett; Garrett Collection (Stack's, 3/1976), part of a complete set of aluminum stellas in lot 668; Harry W. Bass, Jr.; Harry W. Bass Foundation.
    5. Brilliant Uncirculated. Rio Rancho Estate (Superior, 10/1974), lot 138. Gilt aluminum (plate matching confirms this is not the Lemus Collection example in number 2 above).

    Additional Appearances It is quite likely that some, and perhaps most, of these other appearances cited in the literature actually represent duplications of the coins above. They include:
    A. Two pieces owned by Virgil Brand.
    B. King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 1995.
    C. King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 2025.
    D. The William H. Woodin-1914 ANS Exhibition-Waldo Newcomer coin.
    E. Lee G. Lahrman Collection (Abe Kosoff, 2/1963), lot 915.
    F. August F. Hausske, Central States Auction (RARCOA,5/1969), lot 273.
    G. 50th Anniversary Sale (Kagin's, 5/1975), lot 1061.


    Much pedigree research has taken place in the pattern arena in recent years, especially due to the considerable efforts of Saul Teichman and others, published at USPatterns.com, but clearly a complete pedigree record of pattern coins is still not a reality.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AJH, PCGS# 389234)


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