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    Exceptional 1879 Flowing Hair Stella, PR66

    1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1832, R.3. or Pollock-1833, R.6., PR66 PCGS. The history of the four dollar gold piece, or "stella," is rooted in the late 19th century desire to produce U.S. coinage that would be acceptable on the international market. The dual denomination $5-25 francs pattern coinage of 1868 (Judd-656 through 659) is one of the earliest expressions of this desire. It was followed by Dana Bickford's 1874 pattern eagle (Judd-1373 through 1378) and, in 1879-1880, the stellas. The Flowing Hair motif designed by Charles Barber was struck in two alloys in 1879. Twenty five coins (Pollock-1832) were produced in the metric alloy of 85.71% gold, 4.29% silver, and 10.0% copper. The Mint delivered these pieces to Congress as part of three-piece pattern sets. Increased demand for representations of the new denomination resulted in the production of a further 400 coins (Pollock-1833) in the standard alloy of 90.0% gold and 10.0% copper.
    This piece appears to be one of the 400 restrikes from 1880, as seen from the light striations in the central portion of the obverse. The fields are deeply reflective and glassy with significant mint frost on the devices, which gives the coin a noticeable cameo contrast. A few tiny luster grazes are seen on the star on the reverse and there are several errant specks of grease that were struck into the coin--an as made feature that will surely be of assistance to anyone in the future who wishes to trace the pedigree of this important experimental coin.
    From The Gold Rush Collection.(#8057) (Registry values: P1)

    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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    January, 2005
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