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    1915-S Panama-Pacific Fifty, MS64
    Scarcer Round Version
    483 Examples Sold

    1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Round MS64 PCGS. CAC. The Panama-Pacific International Exposition came to a close on December 4, 1915. More than 18 million people had visited the fair over the course of nine and a half months, including 450,000 visitors on its final day of operation. Although most of the exhibition's buildings were dismantled, the PPIE certainly left its mark on the city of San Francisco, and on American coinage. About 600 acres of bayside sand dunes and marshland had to be filled in the lead up to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Although nearly every structure was dismantled afterward, the area the fair occupied became vital to the growth of San Francisco. According to the National Parks Service:

    "After the fair ended, construction workers re-graded most of the [PPIE] site along the waterfront for subdivisions and redevelopment. By the 1920s, real estate developers built the picturesque neighborhood now known as the Marina District. Today's Marina Green is a remaining garden element and the Yacht Harbor, which now provides slips to over 700 vessels, was originally the fair's passenger and freight slips."

    San Francisco's bustling Marina District can trace its roots directly back to the exhibition that took place there in 1915. The Palace of Fine Arts, one of the few remaining vestiges of the fair, is an iconic tourist attraction and a popular venue for weddings and corporate events. Similarly, the San Francisco Civic Auditorium, now known as the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, was built for the PPIE (though not on the fairgrounds) and remains an important multipurpose theater in the heart of the city.

    Like the Marina District, Palace of Fine Arts, and the Civic Auditorium, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition left behind a trove of collectible souvenirs, these enormous fifty dollar gold pieces being chief among them. Both Round and Octagonal variants were designed by California sculptor Robert Aitken and struck to the extent of 1,500 pieces. However, their prohibitive issue price, $100 each, limited sales to 483 of the former and 645 of the latter.

    This spectacular Choice specimen of the scarcer round design exhibits sharply defined design elements and well-preserved, textured orange-gold surfaces that radiate vibrant mint luster and terrific eye appeal. The outstanding quality and appearance of this example is certified by CAC. PCGS has graded 38 numerically finer examples (10/19).(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# BYLU, PCGS# 7451)

    Weight: 83.59 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 21
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