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    Important 1915-S Panama-Pacific Fifty Dollar Gold Piece

    1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Round AU58 PCGS. The round and octagonal examples of this large gold coin in the present set are nicely matched. A trace of rub is evident on Minerva's cheek and helmet, and on the owl's wing. The surfaces are fully lustrous with brilliant yellow-gold color providing excellent eye appeal.
    The Panama-Pacific Exposition was held in San Francisco in 1915, and the various commemoratives, both silver and gold, were struck at the nearby San Francisco Mint. The exposition was held in Golden Gate Park on 635 acres of land, and was open nearly the entire year from February 20th to December 4th, 1915. Total cost for the Exposition was approximately $50 million. The American Numismatic Association held their annual convention in San Francisco to take advantage of the festivities, but it met with moderate success at best (Dave Bowers described the convention as "a dismal failure"). While the ANA convention was poorly attended, the Panama-Pacific Exposition was remarkably well attended with nearly 20 million visitors. It served as a showcase for artists and their work, including numismatic and medallic art. In addition to these commemorative coins, numerous medals were produced and sold at the convention.
    Many artists and sculptors who were involved with commemorative and other coins over the course of years were also represented at the Exposition. Among these were Cyrus Dallin who later prepared the Pilgrim half dollar, John Flanagan who designed the Washington quarter, and Herman MacNeil who prepared designs for the Standing Liberty quarter a short time later. Daniel Chester French was chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts at the time. French sculpted the Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, later used on the obverse of the Lexington-Concord half dollar. Adolph Weinman was represented at the Exposition, as was James Earle Fraser, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (posthumously), and many others. Of course, Robert Aitken did the designs for these coins, but he also prepared several sculptures for the Exposition grounds.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# BYHP, PCGS# 7451)

    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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