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1880 $4 Coiled Hair Four Dollar, Judd-1662, Pollock-1862, R.8, PR65 PCGS

 
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 Posted 09/16/2022  1:31 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Heritage Auctions - Astonishing Aluminum Stella! The stellas of 1879 and 1880 with Flowing and Coiled Hair portraits are among the most sought-after issues in American coinage., and the gold Stellas are among the most popular U.S. gold coins. This is an example struck in aluminum with a reeded edge (Judd-1662) -- aluminum versions are actually about twice as rare as those struck in gold. Liberty's hair is braided, and a hair band in front reads LIBERTY. On the reverse a five-pointed star occupies the center, bearing the legend ONE STELLA / 400 CENTS. This Bass collection coin (Ex: Maris-Garrett) is beautifully preserved. The bright silver-white surfaces exhibit partial undesignated contrast between the fields and devices. A significant rarity and certified Proof 65 by PCGS! 1880 $4 Coiled Hair Four Dollar, Judd-1662, Pollock-1862, R.8, PR65 PCGS.



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 Posted 09/16/2022  4:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I didn't know this pattern of Stella existed! I bet it feels as if there is nothing in the slab because aluminum is so light.
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A bit curious with very rare gold coins, how the (mostly rarer) off metal experimental strikes usually command lower prices at auction, than standard gold strikes do.
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Very neat. Was reading about the history of Aluminum on Wikipedia, it was still a fairly precious metal in 1880. Though in the 1850s it had been worth more than Gold, by 1880 it was close to the price of Silver.
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