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    1915-S Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar, MS66
    An Excellent PPIE Souvenir Coin

    1915-S G$1 Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar MS66 NGC. Treasury officials only approved Charles Keck's designs for the Panama-Pacific gold dollar on March 6, by which point production was already well-behind schedule. The exposition had opened to the public on February 20, so time was of the essence. Mint Director Robert Woolley decided on March 19 that hubs for the gold dollar should be produced at Medallic Art Company in New York City for expediency. According to researcher Roger Burdette: "Charles Keck had sent his work to Medallic Art Co. on March 26. A minor discrepancy in the diameter of the coin created little delay and on April 5 the diminutive $1 gold coin hubs arrived at the Philadelphia Mint." Dies were sent to San Francisco on April 22 and received five days later, but they lacked the S mintmark usually applied by the Philadelphia Mint employees. The Superintendent at that facility mistakenly thought the addition of a mintmark was unnecessary, given that all Pan-Pac coins were struck in San Francisco. Director Woolley informed the Philadelphia Mint Superintendent of his error, and corrected dies were shipped out on May 3. By that time, the coins were nearly three months late.

    Gold dollars were among the more popular souvenir coins at the exhibition. A total of 15,000 pieces were distributed, and many were saved by collectors in high grades. This exceptional Premium Gem was included in one of the few double sets sold. It features luminous mint frost and mixed shades of rose and yellow-gold. The relief elements are bold, and few ticks are seen.
    From The Cherry Grove Collection. (Registry values: N2998)

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

    Weight: 1.70 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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