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    Impressive MS64 Fifty Dollar Octagonal
    Panama-Pacific Commemorative

    1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Octagonal MS64 PCGS. CAC. From the April 10, 2006 edition of Coin World "Pan-Pac Coins Include Novelty" it is easy to guess from the title alone which denomination is referred to. Aside from the fifty dollar denomination, though, what is striking is that the Panama-Pacific commemorative series included the denominations of all future classic commemorative issues. As stated by von Klinger:

    "Never again in the first period of U.S. commemoratives, through 1954, would an unprecedented denomination such as the $50 coin be minted, let alone in an unprecedented format (octagonal).

    "The gold dollar, though obsolete in commerce, remained a reasonable enough alternative to the half dollar to be chosen twice again for commemorative purposes: in 1916, for the McKinley Memorial coin, and in 1922, for the centennial of Ulysses S. Grant's birth. Only one other quarter eagle was ever made as a commemorative, the 1926 issue of the Sesquicentennial of American Independence. All other commemorative coins through 1954 routinely were half dollars: 46 types."

    Beyond their undeniable rarity, the sheer novelty of the massive octagonal fifty dollar gold Panama-Pacific commemoratives has been the key to their popularity with collectors from the time of issue until today. This is an appealing near-Gem representative of the type, bright yellow-gold with stronger luster than often seen. The helmet shows a small area of raised metal with an apparent hairline or other mark trailing off from its left; this is likely the grade-decided, as the surfaces show few other faults. The plastic holder has several light scratches that should not be taken as appearing on the coin itself.(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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    October, 2010
    28th-31st Thursday-Sunday
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