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Top Stellas in PCGS display

Though the headline display of rarities comes from the Smithsonian, the nation?s coin dealers will also be showing high-powered rarities at the World?s Fair of Money in Denver Aug. 16-19.

The highest-rated four-coin set of $4 gold pieces, popularly called Stellas, will be on display at the Professional Coin Grading Service booth. Visitors can look at the coins and obtain an educational pamphlet about Stellas.

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Fewer than eight complete sets can be assembled, so what is already rare becomes super rare in the PCGS Set Registry competition. This set has a combined grade average of Proof-66.10 out of a possible Proof-66.80.

The owner of the set is anonymous, but it is on loan from Superior Galleries, and is registered under the firm?s name with the PCGS Registry.

The 1879 Flowing Hair $4 is graded PCGS Proof-66 Deep Cameo. The estimated mintage is 700. The 1879 Coiled Hair $4 is Proof-66 Cameo. Twelve are known. The 1880 Flowing Hair is Proof-65 Cameo and 17 are know. The 1880 Coiled Hair is Proof-64 Cameo and eight are known.

Because some of the coins are in museums, fewer than eight sets can be completed by collectors, said Ron Guth, PCGS president.

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