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    1915-S Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar
    Glowing Frosty Near-Gem

    1915-S G$1 Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar MS64 NGC. Charles Keck had a difficult task. He had to create a design for the gold dollar that incorporated symbolism evocative of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and included mandated legends, all within the confines of less than half an inch of surface area. Keck's first sketches featuring Poseidon were rejected. He submitted new designs, including a depiction of Labor for the obverse, on February 23, 1915. Treasury officials approved Keck's new design on March 6, after agreeing that the laborer's cap should be made more "workmanlike" and that the laurel wreath should be removed. The proposed reverse with dolphins was approved without any changes required.

    The law authorizing Panama-Pacific souvenir coinage stipulated a maximum production of 25,000 gold dollars. Exposition Company officials set the price at $2 apiece, which numismatic salesman Farran Zerbe increased to $2.25 once the fair closed. Ultimately, 15,000 examples were distributed to the public. The remaining 10,000 unsold gold dollars were melted after the fall of 1916.

    Typically warm yellow-gold coloration yields faint rose accents and a single coppery alloy spot is seen below the first A in AMERICA. Glowing S-mint frost issues from minimally abraded surfaces. This is a terrific near-Gem example that appears even finer than the assigned grade.
    From The Cherry Grove Collection. (Registry values: N1793)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# BYLH, PCGS# 7449)

    Weight: 1.70 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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