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    Wonderful 1880 Flowing Hair Stella
    Judd-1657, PR66 Cameo

    1880 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1657, Pollock-1857, R.6, PR66 Cameo NGC. The obverse has a profile of Liberty facing left, her hair flowing down behind her head, suggesting the popular name of this variety. The legend, 6 G .3 S .7 C 7 G R A M S consists of 12 individual figures, each separated by 13 five-pointed stars, with the date below. The reverse has a large five-pointed star serving as the central motif. ONE STELLA 400 CENTS are in incuse letters on the star. Small letters in the field carry the mottoes E PLURIBUS UNUM and DEO EST GLORIA. Around, the primary legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with FOUR DOL below. Struck in gold with a reeded edge.
    Unlike the plentiful 1879 Flowing Hair stellas, the 1880 pieces are quite rare. Unlike the hundreds of 1879 pieces known, it is believed that less than 20 of the 1880 Flowing Hair pieces still exist. The following abbreviated roster lists 17 pieces that are believed different: The following presentation is not necessarily in order of quality.
    1. Neil Specimen. Sold in Stack's sale of December 1981, lot 1138.
    2. Carter Specimen. Sold in Stack's sale of January 1984, lot 633; and in Superior's sale of the Trompeter Collection, February 1992, lot 135.
    3. Massachusetts Historical Society. Sold in Stack's sale of October 1970, lot 807. Later offered as part of a four-piece set in Stack's summer 1997 fixed price list.
    4. Delp Specimen. Sold in Stack's sale of November 1972, lot 791.
    5. Paramount Specimen. Sold by Paramount in the 1974 ANA Sale.
    6. Rio Rancho Specimen. Sold by Superior in October 1974, lot 134. Later sold by Heritage in February 1995, lot 5837.
    7. Winthrop Specimen. Sold in Abner Kreisberg's sale of September 1980.
    8. Garrett Specimen. Sold in Bowers and Ruddy's November 1979 sale of the Garrett Collection.
    9. Mehl Specimen. Auction '80, lot 1451.
    10. DuPont Specimen. Sold in Sotheby's sale of December 1988, lot 285.
    11. Eliasberg Specimen. Sold by Bowers and Ruddy in October 1982, lot 318.
    12. Auction '84 Specimen. Sold by RARCOA in August 1991, lot 967.
    13. Boyd Specimen. Sold by Stack's in 5/1985, lot 1343.
    14. Auction '89 Specimen. Sold as lot 1930 in that sale.
    15. Superior Specimen. Sold in the firm's October 1990 sale.
    16. Memorable Specimen. Sold in Stack's sale of March 1999, lot 135.
    17. Smithsonian Institution.
    We have not specifically matched this piece to any of those on the list, but it is almost certainly one of them. The surfaces are fully brilliant and highly mirrored with outstanding cameo contrast. A few darker toning spots on each side may aid in pedigree research. A highly attractive and totally desirable candidate.
    From The Ultra Collection.(Registry values: P2)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28B3, PCGS# 88059)

    Weight: 7.00 grams

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


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