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    Highly Collectible 1880 "Gilt" Flowing Hair Stella

    1880 $4 Flowing Hair Four Dollar, Judd-1658, Pollock-1858, Low R.7, PR64 Gilt NGC. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. The 1880 Flowing Hair is an overlooked and generally unappreciated issue among Four Dollar gold coins. Collectors generally only need one coin for type purposes, and that is invariably an 1879 Flowing Hair. However, only 15 1880 Flowing Hair stellas were struck, as opposed to the 425 pieces that were produced of the 1879. All this information, of course, is about the gold strikings. This is a copper example that was gilt. Among the four issues in copper, the 1880 Coiled Hair is slightly more "common" than the other three with the 1880 Coiled Hair rating an R.6 while the others are all Low R.7.
    This is an amazingly well preserved piece. The surfaces are bright and the fields retain almost full reflectivity. The gilding was very well done and none of the gold has flaked off on either side. There are only the lightest hairlines present (on the obverse only) with a few small contact marks seen on the reverse. It is often asked if these pieces were gilt in the Mint or after leaving the Mint. It is our opinion that this piece was done after it left the Mint. While not a "real" stella, this coin represents a rare opportunity to acquire this design type and date.(#62043) (NGC ID# 2AJG, PCGS# 62043)


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

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    May, 2005
    4th-7th Wednesday-Saturday
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