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    1915-S Panama-Pacific Octagonal Fifty, AU55
    A Highly Collectible Grade

    1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Octagonal AU55 PCGS. A handful of American commemorative issues have distinguished themselves among their peers. Some are known for being "firsts," such as the Columbian halves or the Louisiana Purchase gold dollars; some are famous for their innovations, such as the bimetallic Library of Congress ten dollar pieces; and still others have gained notoriety for their associations with boondoggle, such as the Cincinnati halves and Special Olympic dollars. A single issue, however, stands apart with its assortment of firsts and features. The 1915-S Panama-Pacific Octagonal fifty dollar piece is perhaps the most distinctive of the American commemoratives.

    The coins are impressive and imposing, and merely holding an example is an interesting experience. Their weight and substance are unlike anything else in the series, and for those who have had the privilege to handle an example outside of a holder, the flat, reeded edges and corners are a source of tactile fascination. The present piece offers a handful of unusual characteristics as well, chief of which is wear. While a number of worn or otherwise impaired examples of the Panama-Pacific fifty dollar octagonal coins are known, most such coins are ineligible for encapsulation. By contrast, the present coin, which may have worn slightly from being kept as a pocket piece, shows only light rub on the helmet, the rims, and the wing and legs of the owl. Abrasions are also present, namely one on Liberty's cheek and another on the right side of the owl, but the fields are comparatively well-preserved. Primarily yellow-gold surfaces offer occasional glints of green.
    Ex: West Palm Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/2008), lot 1678.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# BYHP, PCGS# 7452)

    Weight: 83.59 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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

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