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    1915-S Round Pan-Pac Fifty Dollar, MS64
    Among the
    100 Greatest U.S. Coins

    1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Round MS64 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. There are certain issues and designs in the canon of American coinage that resonate with collectors. Certainly, the Morgan dollar is one, the Chain cents of 1793 are another. Given the numbers and variation in design of United States numismatics, the list of popular types is long. However, few coins stand above the massive fifty dollar commemorative gold pieces issued in conjunction with the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition held over a two-mile stretch along the San Francisco waterfront.

    In the fourth edition of their popular reference, 100 Greatest U.S. Coins (2015), authors Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth rank the 1915-S Panama-Pacific fifty dollar gold pieces (Round and Octagonal) in the 21st spot, ahead of the unique 1870-S three dollar gold piece and the famous 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent, and just behind the 1877 half union fifty dollar gold piece and the 1792 disme. Garrett and Guth call the Pan-Pac fifties "magnificent coins" that are "very popular with collectors" and are among "the most desirable items in U.S. numismatics" when included in their original boxes. All that said, many collectors would place these commemorative gold pieces, which weigh two and a half ounces and measure 43.2 mm in diameter, at the very top of their lists.

    This Choice Uncirculated representative, one of only 483 Round 1915-S fifties distributed, exhibits glistening satin mint luster over surfaces that show magnificent texturing in the fields, almost reminiscent of a 19th century proof. California-raised New York sculptor Robert Aitken's design is fully impressed, and there are noticeably few marks on each side.

    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.

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