1879 Coiled Hair Gold Stella

The 1879 Coiled Hair Stella (Buy on eBay) was produced in considerably smaller quantities than the flowing hair variety. The coiled hair variety was designed by George T. Morgan, with an image of Liberty on the obverse, facing left with her hair coiled atop her head. The reverse design features the five pointed star found on all other varieties.

The exact mintage of this variety is unknown, but it has been estimated that approximately 15 examples were struck in gold composition, from which there are approximately 12 survivors. A limited number of copper and aluminum strikings are also known.

This issue generates considerable attention on the rare occasions it is offered for public auction. An example graded PCGS PR65 with a CAC verification sticker was recently offered in April 2015. This example realized a final auction price of $881,250, establishing a new record high price.