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    1879 Four Dollar Stella, PR65 Cameo
    Judd-1635, Famous Flowing Hair Type
    Green CAC Sticker

    1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, JD-1, R.3, PR65 Cameo NGC. CAC. It is difficult to think of another United States issue -- pattern or otherwise -- that has been written about so extensively, for so long, and with so little certainty or documentation. From the larger-than-life character behind its origin in Dr. William Wheeler Hubbell to the bogus, unsubstantiated stories of congressman distributing their examples to Washington mistresses, the story of the 1879 Flowing Hair stella has all the makings of a Hollywood whodunit.

    The curious circumstances under which this international coinage proposal was struck and the unique nature of denomination explain its 18th place ranking among the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, according to Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth (2015), where the authors call it "one of the most popular U.S. coins ever produced." Although scant information exists pertaining to the 1880 Flowing Hair and the 1879 and 1880 Coiled Hair stellas, we can say with relative certainty that 425 1879 Flowing Hair stellas were struck, beginning with a small quantity of 20 or 25 pieces in late December 1879 and early January 1880, continuing with intermittent deliveries through May 1880. The patterns were sold to congressman and well-connected dealers and collectors in three-coin sets alongside a Metric dollar and a Goloid dollar for $6.10. One hundred and forty years later, even circulated or problematic examples regularly trade for six-figure sums, reflecting the strong demand for these coins among the most advanced collectors.

    This CAC-endorsed Gem Cameo stella enjoys rich honey-gold surfaces with frosted devices and watery fields. The usual diagonal striations are present over the centers on each side. A gorgeous, high-end example of this important type and a sure highlight in any future set.
    From The Kodiak Collection. (Registry values: P1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28AZ, PCGS# 88057)

    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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