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1915-S 50C Panama-Pacific Set. An incredible, original Pan-Pac set with invoices going back to 1915 and related paraphernal... (5 items)

2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388

 
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Five-Piece Panama Pacific Set With Original Holder, Invoices, and Memorabilia From the Exposition
1915-S 50C Panama-Pacific Set. An incredible, original Pan-Pac set with invoices going back to 1915 and related paraphernalia. Included are:

1915-S Half Dollar MS66 NGC. Rich, satiny mint luster is overlaid on the obverse with rose and golden color that deepens to sea-green around the margin. The reverse is deeply toned in charcoal and cobalt-blue colors. An extraordinary half dollar.

1915-S Gold Dollar NGC. Double punched mintmark. The velvety, frosted surfaces are overlaid with thick reddish-golden coloration that shows just a touch of lilac here and there. Technically and visually, one of the finest gold dollars we have seen in recent memory.

1915-S Quarter Eagle MS66 NGC. Myriad die polishing marks are seen in the fields on each side and the surfaces are an untampered bright green-gold and canary-yellow. Sharply struck and almost perfectly preserved.

1915-S Round Fifty Dollar MS66 NGC. Generally these large-size coins are not found with this level of preservation and mint luster. As a rule, light handling over the decades has slightly dulled the surfaces and the coins have picked up a stray contact mark or two. This is an absolutely splendid coin. The surfaces have rich, frosted mint luster; in fact, we were not aware that these coins originally came with a finish like this until we saw this original set. Considerable reddish patina overlays each side and there are no mentionable abrasions.

1915-S Octagonal Fifty Dollar MS65 NGC. The always-popular octagonal fifty is unique in the annals of U.S. coinage with dolphins set in the angles on each side. These decorative motifs have symbolic significance, of course, like everything else on these well-designed coins. The dolphins represent freedom of movement through the oceans, a design element that is of particular significance as the reason for striking these pieces was to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal the previous year. Rarely are Gem octagonal fifties encountered. This is a richly patinated example that has a significant overlay of reddish patina on each side with strong, underlying lilac-tinted mint frost.

Also included are: Shreve & Co. copper frame holder. This is absolutely pristine holder with deep purple backing for the coins. The original ivory colored cardboard box is also included along with the inner corrugated cardboard liner and onion skin paper. The box has a couple of separations at the corners and there are a couple of minor chips out of the glass on the frame. An official pictorial guide of the exposition and postcards in a Folder of Views presentation of the expo is also included along with an original invoice for the set dated 7/29/15 and signed by Farran Zerbe. Finally and most recently, a signed letter is included from B. Max Mehl dated 6/8/40, and an invoice from Mehl also dated 6/8/40.
From The Jack Lee Collection, III(#7451) (Registry values: N14284)

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