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    Important 1879 Flowing Hair Stella Gem Cameo Proof

    1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, R.3 PR65 Cameo PCGS. This is a wonderfully preserved Gem representative of Charles Barber's interesting design for the Four Dollar gold piece. Both sides have a touch of milky patina over watery fields that still manage to stand out in sharp contrast to the well frosted features. Characteristic roller marks are noted over the central devices on both sides, but the strike is sharp and all design elements are crisply detailed.
    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

    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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    Auction Dates
    July, 2002
    27th-30th Saturday-Tuesday
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