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    1915-S Panama-Pacific Fifty Dollar, MS64
    Scarcer Round Type, Eye-Catching

    1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Round MS64 NGC. CAC. The Panama-Pacific International Exposition was, above all, a celebration of progress in all its forms and facets. Whether it was San Francisco's impressive rebuilding after the devastating earthquake and subsequent fire of April 1906 or the completion of the Panama Canal and anything in between, American progress took center stage.

    The front page of the March 4, 1914 issue of the Canal Record, a weekly newspaper published by the Isthmian Canal Commission for its employees and those of the Panama Railroad Company, reflects the excitement of the building of the Canal and the technological advancements being made. Under the heading "Notes of Progress" a series of small articles detail, among other things, the purchase of an asphalt mixing plant, the installation of towing locomotives and chain fender machines, and new gasoline-powered launches in service. The Panama-Pacific Exposition, then, represented not only a physical connection between California and Panama but a thematic one as well.

    Silver half dollars, gold dollars, quarter eagles, and fifty dollar coins in Round and Octagonal format were issued to commemorate the event. A total of 3,000 fifty dollar pieces were manufactured, evenly split between each type. The Octagonal coins were more popular thanks to their novel shape, but neither they nor the Round pieces, each priced at $100, sold particularly well. Ultimately, only 483 Round fifties were distributed, and the rest were sent to the furnaces. The issue is thus scarcer than its Octagonal counterpart.

    This eye-catching near-Gem displays glowing luster and honey-gold surfaces with brightness in the fields. The devices are sharply impressed, and marks are minimally scattered over each side. The Pan-Pac fifties are arguably among the most beautiful and impressive issues in United States coinage, and this CAC-approved representative is sure to be a welcome addition to any carefully assembled collection.(Registry values: N10218) (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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