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    1915 Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar
    J-A1915-2, White Metal, Bronzed, PR64 Brown
    Unique Reverse Die Trial

    1915 G$1 Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar Splasher, Judd-A1915-2, Unique, PR64 Brown NGC. This unique experimental piece is a uniface trial of the reverse die for the 1915-S Panama-Pacific gold dollar. A corresponding obverse die trial exists (offered in another lot in this sale), and the trials were struck before the S mintmark was added to the die. The design of the 1915-S Pan-Pac gold dollar was conceived by George Keck, of New York City. This piece, and the corresponding obverse 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 trial were later acquired by Anthony Swiatek.

    The glossy light brown surfaces of this attractive Choice specimen are free of mentionable distractions, but a minor rim bruise is evident at 3 o'clock on the obverse. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout. We expect intense competition from both pattern collectors and commemorative enthusiasts when this lot is called.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2015
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
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