Coin Specifications

Category: Four Dollar Stella (1879-1880)
Mint: West Point
Mintage: 10
Catalog: KM-Pn1745
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.8600
Weight: 7.0000g
AGW: 0.1935oz
Melt Value: $249.23 (8/30/2014)
Diameter: 22mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
Link to this coin

1880 COILED HAIR $4 PF obverse 1880 COILED HAIR $4 PF reverse


  
Expand All    Collapse All

VarietyPlus®


Click on a coin to see VarietyPlus details.

Description & Analysis

The Morgan design. Obverse: 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 1880 is from a curved logotype. Evidence of repunching is visible in the upper loop of the second 8 in the date. Reverse: A single large star 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 gold with a reeded edge. The D in UNITED is clearly doubled above, as it is on all four dollar gold pieces that we have seen from 1879 and 1880.

George T. Morgan accepted an invitation from Mint Director Henry Linderman to join the staff as assistant engraver in 1876. Earlier he studied at the Birmingham Art School and the South Kensington Art School before taking a position with the Royal Mint in London. At the Philadelphia Mint, he worked under Engraver William Barber and later, his son, Charles Barber. Remaining at the Mint until his death nearly 50 years later in 1925, Morgan remained the assistant engraver until his promotion to engraver after Charles Barber died in 1917. There is little doubt that Morgan was more talented than Charles Barber, and there is also little doubt that Barber was jealous of Morgan's talent.

Today, Morgan is best known for his Liberty silver dollar that now popularly carries his name, the Morgan dollar. He also created numerous pattern designs, such as the heralded 1879 Schoolgirl dollar, and prepared other designs for the medal department. It is unfortunate that Morgan was excluded from the failed design competition of 1891 that ultimately led to the three silver Barber designs of 1892

The 1880 Coiled Hair issue is clearly the rarest of four varieties. In past rosters, we have only been able to account for eight different examples, but have now added a ninth example from the Dallas Bank Collection. For many years it was believed that just 10 pieces were struck, but it is more likely that 20 pieces were originally coined. A general rule for proof gold pieces from the mid- to late 1800s is that approximately half the original mintage survives. Like the 1879 Coiled Hair and 1880 Flowing Hair coins, the 1880 Coiled Hair is a major rarity from an extremely small mintage. Only the 1879 Flowing Hair stella could be called anything close to common, and that is the issue most often chosen by type collectors who want a single example of the stella. Of course, advanced specialists will want all four varieties, and are advised to take advantage of this offering.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS*
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE

Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1880 COILED HAIR $4 PF
1880 COILED HAIR $4 PF Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1287500 2700000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 1375000 - -
NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 11
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions


Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/12/2005 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 30044 $977,500.00
1/7/2009 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 4035 $575,000.00
7/31/2009 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 1246 $546,250.00
9/23/2013 NGC PF 67   Cameo Bonhams The Tacasyl Collection of Magnificent United States Proof Gold Coins, 20992/Lot# 1011 $2,574,000.00
9/23/2013 NGC PF 67   Cameo Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20992/Lot# 1011 $2,574,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 COILED HAIR $4 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15092153381558815840160951672317296176191772317826180261831718777212532192824131251902576826774278082887134597
1517415421156721592516304169141740317653177571789218123184701960221478226622448425382261032711828162307790
000000174031765317757178921812318470196022147822662244842538226103271182816200
000000175111768817791179591822018623204272170323396248372557526438274632851600
1880 COILED HAIR $4 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15552158041605916317165781721917805181341824118346185511884819318218452253424782258422634632099332823449641008
1563615889161451640416791174141791418169182761841418650190042016022074232832513526010282633249333686366660
000000179141816918276184141865019004201602207423283251352601028263324933368600
000000180241820518311184821874919161210022230424032254882617830181328873409100
1880 COILED HAIR $4 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16185164451670716973172411790218505188441895319061192721957720060226582336625674267822738728439295203063136607
1627116532167951706217461181031861818880189891913119373197382092622894241352604326983277372879929890326230
000000186181888018989191311937319738209262289424135260432698327737287992989000
000000187311891619025192011947519899217922313024904264122718528088291593026000
Registry Image Gallery

No Images Found

Related Articles

Phenomenal Simpson Collection Helps Launch NGC Plus Designation

6/17/2010  — Many of the coins from this superb collection have received NGC's new Plus Designation.
View full article >
Seeing Stars: Part Two

5/1/2005  — I received a number of favorable comments about my column regarding the use of stars on United States coins. These included the suggestion that there was much more yet to be covered, so this month's installment will feature a further look at this "brilliant" subject.
View full article >
Seeing Stars

3/1/2005  — Among the most common design elements on United States coins are stars. Many of the older USA coin types featured 13 stars, representative of the original states that declared their independence from Britain in 1776.
View full article >


NGC Auction Central Disclaimer