JM Bullion is excited to offer an exceptionally rare piece of American coinage history. The Four Dollar Gold Stella was produced in very limited figures by the United States Mint in 1878 and 1880, largely as a pattern coins presented to Congressional leaders. Created with an eye toward developing a larger international monetary system, the Four Dollar Gold Stella never went into circulation or saw broader issue by the US Mint beyond its initial pattern strikes. Among the most coveted of these coins are the 1879 $4 Flowing Hair Gold Stella Coins. Right now, JM Bullion offers an 1878 $4 Flowing Hair Gold Stella Coin with NGC certification for purchase online.
- Arrives inside an NGC protective plastic slab!
- 1 of only 2 coins with the Star Designation for Superior Eye Appeal!
- Designed by US Mint Engraver Charles E. Barber!
- Proof Cameo visuals!
- Contains 7 Grams (.1935 Troy oz) of actual gold content.
- Bears a face value of $4 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Isued a Grade of PF67.
- UCAM designation.
- On the obverse is a bust of Flowing Hair Liberty.
- The reverse features the five-pointed Stella star.
This 1879 $4 Flowing Hair Gold Stella Coin is certified PF67 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, indicating a coin that has a sharp design strike and very few imperfections. In fact, the star located next to PF67 on the label indicates a coin with Superior Eye Appeal, making this one of only two surviving Gold Stellas ever to earn said designation. Ultra-cameo proofs have strong, frosted designs with mirrored fields.
In 1879, the US minister to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and former chairman of the Congressional Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures, John A. Kasson, pushed the federal government to consider the development and issuance of four-dollar gold coins. Kasson’s argument was rooted in a desire to see a new international monetary system developed that would see a US gold coin available around the world that more closely approximated the value of popular European gold coins such as the 8 Florins from Austria and the Netherlands, as well as the French 20 Franc, Italian 20 Lire, and Spanish 20 Peseta.
The 1879 $4 Flowing Hair Gold Stella Coin here represents one of the early pattern coins struck by the US Mint to present to Congress for evaluation and consideration. Charles E. Barber’s Flowing Hair design was used on 1879 pattern coins with a total of only 25 coins (though some say as few as 15 coins) struck.
Aside from its extremely limited mintage, the 1879 Flowing Hair Gold Stella Coin also has a unique metallic alloy. While US gold coins in production at the time featured 90% gold and 10% copper, this coin was struck with 85.71% gold, 4.29% silver, and 10% copper.
On the obverse of the 1879 $4 Flowing Hair Gold Stella Coin, you will find Barber’s left-profile bust of Flowing Hair Liberty. She wears a coronet with LIBERTY engraved on it. The 1879 date mark features at the bottom, with engravings around the bust of Liberty reading 6 G, .3 S, .7 C, and 7 GRAMS. Each individual letter and number, expect those in the date mark, is separated by a five-pointed star.
The reverse face of 1879 Flowing Hair Gold Stella Coin features a large five-pointed star at the center. The star has a beaded border along the edges to the points, with inscriptions at the center that read ONE STELLA – 400 CENTS. Inscriptions around the outermost edge of the coin field read UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and FOUR DOL. Inside this, additional inscriptions include E PLURIBUS UNUM and DEO EST GLORIA, a Latin phrase that translates as To God is the Glory.
Despite the popularity of the design of the Flowing Hair Gold Stella Coin among members of Congress, the program never took off and the coins did not receive approval for regular issue by the US Mint.
If you are interested in this exceptionally rare US gold coin, please feel free to contact JM Bullion. You can call us at 800-276-6508, chat with us live online, or email us directly.