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The Stella 4-dollar gold coin piece was a pattern coin that was never circulated. Therefore, it is among the rarest of numismatic collectables. The obverse patterns were designed by Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan. The reverse was done by Barber. They were minted in 1879 and 1880 with the intention of producing a piece similar to the standard LMU gold coin (from the Latin Monetary Union), the 20-franc Napoleon. There were 2 different designs – Flowing Hair and Coiled Hair. A 5-pointed star was on the reverse.

$4 Stella (1879-1880)

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1879 $4 Flowing Hair PR66 PCGS A gorgeous, virtually perfect Gem example of one of the world's most famo... $265,000.00
1879 Flowing Hair Gold Four Dollar PCGS PR61 A pleasing example of this wildly popular United States rarity. Listed as... $139,500.00
The largest number made was 425 of the 1879 Flowing Hair. Less than 20 were made of the other three varieties (1879 Coiled, 1880 Flowing and 1880 Coiled). The United States Congress rejected both the coin and the proposal to join the Latin Monetary Union, but the initial coin was cold to Congressmen at cost and it is said that some of them became necklaces worn by the female proprietors of various bordellos around Washington.
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