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    1915-S Pan-Pac Half Dollar, MS65
    Rich Multicolor Patina

    1915-S 50C Panama-Pacific Half Dollar MS65 NGC. Chief Engraver Charles Barber and his long-time Assistant Engraver George Morgan are both credited with the design for the 1915-S Panama-Pacific half dollar. The work was originally ascribed to Barber alone, including in promotional material provided by the Mint and PPIE officials, but things have since become slightly less clear.

    Paul Manship was originally invited to produce a design for the proposed Pan-Pac half dollar. However, Treasury Secretary McAdoo took issue with Manship's work and asked that the Mint's "own people submit some designs." Barber had preliminary sketches complete by mid-February 1915. The obverse design was quickly accepted, and the reverse needed only slight modification. Final approval came on March 10, after plaster models had been created and more adjustments made.

    There is no doubt that Charles Barber provided the vision for the half dollar. In fact, the reverse eagle and shield motifs appeared on his proposal for the Columbian Exposition coinage in 1893. So how does George Morgan figure into all this? According to correspondence between Acting Mint Director Mary O'Reilly and David M. Bullowa, Mr. Morgan applied the finishing touches to the models of both the obverse and the reverse. O'Reilly called his technique "unmistakable."

    Both sides display a rich layer of mixed violet, russet, and olive-gold patina that conceals small marks. The slightly stronger reverse is a touch brighter (the obverse remained face-down in the frame), but the surfaces are universally appealing.
    From The Cherry Grove Collection. (Registry values: N1793)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# BYHP, PCGS# 9357)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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