1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Octagonal--Improperly Cleaned--NCS. AU Details...
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Octagonal Design, AU Details
From a design by Robert Aitken, a New York artist, the first specimens of the octagonal gold coins were struck on June 15, 1915 at the San Francisco Mint. A total of 1,509 pieces were initially minted, but slow sales resulted in melting of 855 specimens, leaving a paltry net total of 645 examples issued. Contemporary opinion noted the design was lacking in American themes, but later numismatists value the coins as a classical tour de force.
The present specimen is a pleasing example of this scarce classic. Some microscopic hairlines indicate the coin was cleaned at some time in the past, but no overt damage was incurred. Bright yellow-gold surfaces are complemented by strongly impressed devices to produce striking eye appeal. Abrasions and surface marks are truly minimal. Overall, this coin is an eminently acceptable example of this impressive design.
See: Video Lot Description(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 26HN, PCGS# 7452)
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