Stella $4 gold pieces dazzled at the Heritage Central States Numismatic Society convention April 22-25.

Over $1.82 million was paid for an 1880 $4 Coiled Hair Stella. It was graded  Proof-67 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and it had a Certified Acceptance Corporation sticker.

Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auctions, said, “In terms of important Stellas that are available to collectors, this is one of the very best, and collectors responded to that rarity with very aggressive bidding.”

When all of the lots had crossed the block, approximately $56 million, was realized. More than $46 million was generated by U.S. coins and another $10 million by paper money.

The New Orleans Collection also provided the second highest price of the sale, $881,250 that bought an 1879 $4 Coiled Hair Stella. It was graded Proof-65 by the Professional Coin Grading Service with CAC sticker.

Other noteworthy pieces in the collection included a 1933 gold $10 in PCGS MS-65 that was third on the list at $822,500.

An 1880 $4 Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-66, that Heritage called the finest non-cameo brought $517,000.

Then an 1844 gold $10 graded NGC Proof-63 Cameo fetched $423,000.

Among other auction lots, a 1794 half dollar, O-109, graded NGC VF-25 realized $705,000.

Bringing $493,500 was an 1849-C gold Open Wreath $1 Open Wreath called MS-63 Prooflike by NGC. The identical price was realized by an 1797 half dollar graded PCGS MS-64 Secure CAC.

A 1795 Flowing Hair dollar, Three Leaves, NGC MS-65 reached $423,000.

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This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.