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1879 Coiled Hair Stella in Gilt Copper
1879 $4 Four Dollar, Judd-1639a, Pollock-1839, Low R.7, PR62
PCGS. Ex: Simpson. A head of Liberty faces left, her hair
coiled in a bun atop her head, this coil held in place by a band
inscribed LIBERTY. Around, the inscription * 6 * G * .3 * S * .7 *
C * 7 * G * R * A * M * S * and below, the date 1879 is from a
curved logotype. The reverse has a single large star that serves as
the central motif, inscribed with incuse lettering ONE STELLA 400
CENTS. Around, in small letters, are the mottoes E PLURIBUS UNUM
and DEO EST GLORIA. In large letters, around the border, the legend
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above, and the denomination FOUR DOL.
below. Struck in gilt copper with a reeded edge.
The exact population of the 1879 Coiled Hair stellas in copper is unknown, although it is probably about a dozen. The number of those that are gilt is also unknown. In his pattern reference, Andrew W. Pollock, III, listed six different specimens and went on to note that five of the six were gilt.
This example is well-struck with pleasing, reflective yellow-gold surfaces and splashes of orange toning. While a few surface marks are present, the overall quality is that of a desirable, collector-grade stella.
Ex: Old West and Franklinton Collections (American Numismatic Rarities, 8/2006), lot 947; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 2060.
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 92017)
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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