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    1880 Flowing Hair Stella, Judd-1658a
    Struck in Copper, Gilt, PR63

    1880 $4 Flowing Hair Stella, Judd-1658a, Pollock-1858, High R.6, Copper, Reeded Edge, Gilt, PR63 PCGS. From the famous design by Charles Barber. On the obverse the head of Liberty, hair flowing down below her neck, faces left, with the inscription (each character separated by stars) 6 G .3 S .7 C 7 G R A M S around the rim. She wears a coronet bearing the word LIBERTY in her hair, and the date 1880 is below. On the reverse (common to all 1879 and 1880 stellas) a five-pointed star occupies the center, bearing the legend ONE STELLA / 400 CENTS. In an inner circle are E PLURIBUS UNUM and DEO EST GLORIA ("God is glory"), with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and FOUR DOL. around the outer rim. Struck in copper, gilt, with a reeded edge. When one compares the obverse of the 1880 Flowing Hair stellas against the 1879 obverse, one notes that the date is markedly smaller and shifted, nearly touching the lowest hair curls and well separated from the denticles on the 1880 pieces, while the 1879s show a larger date, centered under the truncation, close to the denticles and the hair.

    USPatterns.com estimates about a dozen specimens of Judd-1658 are known and many survivors have been gilded (Judd-1658a), like the coin offered here. This design was also struck in gold (Judd-1657), with about 20 examples known, and aluminum (Judd-1659), with at least four specimens extant.

    The present coin is an attractive Select proof, with sharply detailed design elements, aside from the slightest touch of the usual softness on the hair above the eyebrow. A wire rim is evident around both sides of the coin. The well-preserved yellow-gold surfaces show no breaks or thin spots in the gilt plating, with a few hints of olive patina at the peripheries. Overall eye appeal is outstanding.
    Ex: New York Auction (Bonhams, 12/2016), lot 234, realized $53,235.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AJG, PCGS# 92043)


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