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Why order this 2-Piece Gold Proof 1879-2019 Smithsonian Stella Medal Set?
The US Mint designed the original Stella in 1879 in an attempt to provide a coin comparable to the ones used in Europe. Those coins were worth about $3.88, while the Stellas were struck with a $4 face value. The coins struck were reviewed by Congress, which rejected issuance of the coin for circulation. As a result, the coins were struck in just two years, 1879 and 1880, and only 659 are known to survive today. These medals, which are officially licensed by the Smithsonian, give collectors the chance to own pieces with the Stella designs. Each piece was struck at Commonwealth Mint from 1 oz of .999 fine gold.
Classic Stella Designs by Charles Barber and George T. Morgan
The medals bear two different obverse designs. One features a Flowing Hair design by Charles Barber, and the other a Coiled Hair design by George T. Morgan. The former features an older depiction of Liberty. The anniversary dates, "1879-2019," are inscribed below the left-facing portraits.
These medals, like the original coin, get their name from the reverse design, a single star. "Stella" is Latin for "star." The reverse is common to both coins. Within the star are the inscriptions "ONE STELLA" and "140TH ANNIVERSARY." The original coins bore the inscription "400" under "ONE STTELLA." "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "FOUR DOL" are inscribed along the rim, with other inscriptions included just inside those.
Flawless PF70 UC with Presentation Box, Story Card, and COA
The experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) found no imperfections on the pieces in this set, so they awarded them their highest grade, Proof 70. They also certified the pieces Ultra Cameo on account of their sharp contrasts between heavily frosted devices and deeply mirrored fields. The medals come in a presentation box along with a story card and certificate of authenticity.
Don't miss your chance to own this 2-Piece 1879-2019 Gold Proof Smithsonian Stella Medal Set.
|Year of Issue:||1879-2019|
|Variety:||Scarce and Unique Coin Division|
|Packaging:||Presentation Box with Story Card & COA|
|Weight in Grams:||7 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||0.2251 oz|