Uncool Coins! #3 – A $4 Stella Gold Coin of Ill-Repute – 4K Video

You know you can trust CoinWeek to tell it like it is. In this episode of our popular Uncool Coins!, rare coin dealer Russ Augustin of AU Capital Management shares with us the story of one of the U.S. series' great rarities, an 1879 Stella $4 gold pattern coin. This is a coin that often sells for well over $150,000. But this is no average example.

Instead of being preserved in its original state by a fastidious collector, it was "spent" and later mounted on a necklace. By whom? and Why?

These are the questions we sought answers to. You certainly won't want to miss this tale of moral turpitude!

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  1. Munzen says:

    Thanks for a fascinating story! Even though they’re out of my price range I’ve always loved “Stellas” as a unique denomination and design within the great panoply of US coins.

    It’s also interesting to see that back then Congress was just as stubborn as today about both numismatics and taking any action that might match US practices to world standards :)

    I’ve also read that “ill repute” is in part responsible for this country’s unfounded aversion to the $2 denomination. As the story supposedly goes, two bucks was the going rate at both racetracks and at brothels (well, at least those that were less high-class than the ones frequented by politicians of the era). As a consequence many people shunned $2 bills, fearing they might be assumed to have visited one or both of those odious venues. Conceivably that association could also be behind the superstition that twos are somehow “tainted” – ??

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