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    Appealing 1915-S Pan-Pac Quarter Eagle, MS64

    1915-S $2 1/2 Panama-Pacific Quarter Eagle MS64 NGC. On the obverse of this interesting commemorative, a figure representing Columbia rides backward (or "sidesaddle," more accurately), bearing a caduceus in her left hand. Numismatic art historian Cornelius Vermeule writes of the design:

    "Barber's obverse for the quarter eagle was ... dependent on ancient Greek designs. ... Since the Greek design was disseminated in the age of fourth-century to Hellenistic rococo sculpture and painting--that is, between 330 and 100 B.C.--something of the light, decorative quality just mentioned is taken directly from those phases of the antique. This coin, this obverse, may be Barber's answer to Theodore Roosevelt's and Augustus Saint-Gaudens's clamor for modern coins in the Greek manner. If so, the composition has the volume and balance of its classical prototype."


    This yellow-gold example is in about the average grade for this popular series, with bold eye appeal and few mentionable abrasions. Columbia's knee, in particular, is free of pesky marks.
    From The Steven Forcier Collection of U.S. Classic Commemoratives.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# BYLP, PCGS# 7450)

    Weight: 4.18 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    December, 2009
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