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    1915 Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar
    Judd-A1915-1, White Metal, Bronzed, PR64 Brown
    Unique Obverse Die Trial

    1915 G$1 Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar Splasher, Judd-A1915-1, Unique, PR64 Brown NGC. This unique splasher is a uniface trial of the obverse die for the 1915-S Panama-Pacific gold dollar. A corresponding reverse die trial exists (offered in another lot in this sale), and both trials were struck before the S mintmark was added to the die. George Keck, of New York City, was the designer of the Panama- Pacific gold dollar. This piece, and the corresponding reverse trial, were discovered in his estate. The coins were first offered publicly in the 1952 ANA Convention Auction (New Netherlands, et al, 8/1952), lot 1166:

    "Trial Strikes of the 1915 Panama Pacific Dollar. 1915. Dollar, as last above. Uniface trial impressions, obverse and reverse separate, struck in White Metal, Bronzed. Similar to the regular dies, but without the mintmark "S" on reverse. The obverse is slightly thicker, and the reverse is slightly thinner than the regularly issued coin. Ex. Fine. Obtained from the estate of the late Charles Keck by R.J. Lathrop and believed to be unique. 2 Pcs. Plate."



    Subsequently, the two trials were offered in the Dr. Curtis Paxman Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1974), lot 1051. Both die trials were later acquired by Anthony Swiatek.

    The present coin is an attractive Choice example that closely matches the grade and appearance of the corresponding reverse trial. The design elements are sharply detailed, and the evenly patinated chocolate-brown surfaces show glossy mint luster, with few signs of contact. The discerning collector will not miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire this unique and important numismatic treasure.


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    January, 2015
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