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    Rare and Always-Popular 1879 Flowing Hair Stella

    1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1832, R.3, PR64 PCGS. The four dollar gold piece, or stella, was proposed by John Kasson as an international coin whose value would be roughly equivalent to that of an Austrian 8-florin. In 1879, 415 pieces were struck. These pieces are technically considered patterns, but because of the numbers produced they are often considered as a part of regular U.S. coinage. Many examples of the new denomination were widely distributed around Washington to popularize the proposed new denomination, but were soon forgotten when the international gold coin was rejected by Congress.
    The surfaces overall are bright orange-yellow in color. The fields are deeply reflective and the devices show a moderate amount of frost, which yields a cameo effect even though it is not noted on the insert. An exceptional stella.
    From the Genaitis Collection of 1879 Coinage.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28AZ, PCGS# 8057)

    Weight: 7.00 grams

    Metal: 86% Gold, 4% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2001
    8th-11th Wednesday-Saturday
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