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    1880 Flowing Hair Stella, Gilt Copper
    Judd-1658, PR62
    Charles Barber Design

    1880 $4 Flowing Hair Stella, Judd-1658, Pollock-1858, High R.6, Gilt, PR62 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The celebrated Flowing Hair design by Charles Barber, similar in appearance to its Guide Book gold counterpart (Judd-1657) but instead struck in copper with a reeded edge. Examples from this die pair were also struck in aluminum (Judd-1659). As is the case with several other stellas struck in metals other than gold, this example is gilt. The sharply struck and unmarked surfaces are primarily pumpkin-gold, with rose-red shades on the star and a blush of olive-green and navy-blue along the reverse exergue. The four dollar denomination was proposed by John Kasson, the U.S. ambassador to Austria. He found that acceptance of his U.S. gold coins in Europe required cumbersome calculations to fit local denominations, but the Austrian eight florin gold coin would be similar in value to a United States four dollar denomination. Secretary of State William Evarts was a proponent of Kasson's idea. The stella was intended as a trade coin, but only patterns were ever issued, dated 1879 and 1880.
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    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AJG, PCGS# 92043)

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