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    1915-S Panama-Pacific Fifty Dollar, MS62
    Iconic Octagonal Design
    Only 645 Coins Sold

    1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Octagonal MS62 NGC. The Octagonal Panama-Pacific fifty dollar gold piece is a memorable and iconic issue, with its distinctive shape and its minuscule distribution of 645 coins. The issue tends to jump out of the pages of the annual Guide Book, sticking in the minds of new collectors flipping through the "bible" of American numismatics. As those collectors progress, the 1915-S Octagonal fifty often remains a key date on their want lists, establishing itself a sort of pinnacle of numismatic achievement.

    What keeps these coins out of the hands of all but a small group of advanced collectors today is the same thing that limited their sales more than a century ago: price. Both the Octagonal and Round fifties struck to commemorate the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition retailed in 1915 for $100 -- double face value. That was about the same cost as a round-trip train ticket from the East Coast to San Francisco. Fairgoers could have stayed in a hotel all week and dined for about $15, putting the substantial expense of these massive two-and-a-half-ounce gold pieces into perspective.

    Of the two 1915-S fifty dollar types, this is the more desirable. Its shape harkens back to the famous fifty dollar slugs produced by Augustus Humbert and the United Assay Office of Gold during the early days of the California Gold Rush. This particular MS62 representative enjoys rich yellow-gold color and finely textured, softly frosted surfaces that show full strike definition. A handful of tiny ticks and some light hairlines on each side limit the numeric grade but have no effect whatsoever on the coin's lovely eye appeal.(Registry values: P7)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# BYLX, PCGS# 7452)

    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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    Auction Dates
    October, 2020
    15th-18th Thursday-Sunday
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