In the late 1870s, the United States Mint set to work developing gold coins that would circulate internationally on a par with those being used in Europe. Many people are well aware of the $4 Gold Stella created by this effort, but not as many know of its larger sibling – the ultra-scarce $20 Quintuple Gold Stella.
The U.S. abandoned the idea of an international currency and neither denomination was approved for circulation. Several pattern coins were struck, however, but while only a few hundred $4 Stellas were struck – making them a rare treasure in the annals of American numismatics – just FIVE $20 Quintuple Gold Stellas are known to exist. One of these rare treasures sold at auction in 2016 for nearly $1.9 million and another permanently resides in the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian® in Washington, D.C.
Even if you could afford one of these original $20 Quintuple Gold Stellas, the chances of you ever having the opportunity to acquire it are slim and none. But now you CAN secure a pure gold tribute to this historic release thanks to this series of gold proofs officially authorized by the Smithsonian. Dual dated 1879-2019 in honor of the coin’s 140th anniversary, these proofs were struck in 1.234 ounces of 99.99% pure gold.
The $20 Quintuple Gold Stella employed a modified version of the Type III Liberty $20 design that was currently in use in 1879. On the reverse, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST above the eagle was replaced by the motto DEO EST GLORIA ("God is Glory"). On the obverse, the alloy composition was indicated in between each of the stars: * 30 * G * 1.5 * S * 3.5 * C * 35 * G * R * A * M * S *. The coin received its name due to the fact that “Stella” is Latin for “Star” and the $4 gold coin prominently featured a star on its reverse. The Stella name was carried through to the $20 gold piece.
Each Smithsonian 1879-2019 $20 Quintuple Gold Stella Proof available in this offer has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in flawless Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) condition, a distinction that means your perfectly-graded proof will have ZERO imperfections – showing all features and fields exactly as the engraver and mint intended. Just 300 of these historic proofs have been struck. Each will come houses in a presentation case with a Smithsonian logo and accompanied by a storybook that details the history of the famous Stella pattern coins
HISTORIC QUINTUPLE STELLA DESIGN – The 1879 Quintuple Stella is among the U.S. Mint’s most legendary issues, recognized for both its beauty and incredible rarity – just five are known to exist. Now it returns with this series of gold proofs struck on the 140th anniversary of its release in 1879.
OFFICIALLY LICENSED BY THE SMITHSONIAN – Each proof will be dual-dated 1879-2019 and has been officially licensed by the Smithsonian® in honor of the famous pattern coin’s milestone anniversary.
STRUCK IN HIGHLY PURE GOLD – These proofs were struck in 1.234 ounces of 99.99% pure gold and measure 36 mm in diameter.
GRADED IN PERFECT PROOF CONDITION – Your Smithsonian 1879-2019 $20 Quintuple Gold Stella has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in flawless Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) condition.
EXTREMELY LOW LIMITED EDITION – Just 300 of these 1879-2019 $20 Quintuple Gold Stella Proof will be struck for the entire world.
The famous $20 Quintuple Stella returns as a gold proof officially authorized by the Smithsonian. With such a small limited edition, these will not last long. Don’t miss out – Order yours today!
Stella Gold Dollar Coins
The $4 gold "Stella" is one of the most famous and coveted U.S. pattern coins. The Stella pattern was minted in 1879 and 1880 in two types: Charles E. Barber's Flowing Hair type and George T. Morgan's Coiled Hair type. The coin was christened "Stella" because of the five-point star adorning the reverse (Stella is Latin for 'Star.') Today, these coins are extremely…