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    Beautiful 1915-S Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Octagonal

    1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Octagonal MS 62 NGC. Although he left the White House after the election of 1908, Theodore Roosevelt's artistic influence is readily evident in the design of the Panama-Pacific Exposition's fifty dollar commemorative. An admirer of Classical Greek coinage, Roosevelt is the man most responsible for the beautiful Indian Head eagle and Saint-Gaudens double eagle designs of 1907. No doubt following in the footsteps of the former President, Robert Aitken looked back to Ancient Athens during his execution of the Pan-Pac "slug" in 1915. The obverse of this beautiful gold piece displays a representation of Athena, patron goddess of the famous Greek seafaring city-state. The owl of Athena, another symbol that adorned Athens' coinage, dominates the reverse. Even though Augustus Saint-Gaudens' work has gained wider recognition, it was Robert Aitken's fifty dollar gold piece that erected the strongest artistic bridge between United States coinage of the 20th century and pre-Christ Athens.
    Even though fewer octagonal pieces were melted (855 coins versus 1,017 round coins), it is still an elusive issue whose desirability increases with grade. While this golden-orange specimen exhibits die striations (as produced) that are most prevalent in the left reverse field, the surfaces are curiously devoid of post-production detractions. Suitable endowed with mint luster and possessed of a modest cartwheel sheen, both the obverse and the reverse display crisp definition that draws forth every last detail of the design elements. A premium quality example that possesses the eye appeal of a significantly higher grade, this specimen is destined to realize a stellar price when it crosses the auction block.
    From the Joseph J. Abbell Collection of U.S. Gold Coins. (NGC ID# BYHP, PCGS# 7452)

    Weight: 83.59 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    November, 1999
    18th-20th Thursday-Saturday
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