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1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific Exposition Commemorative Round Gold Coin PCGS MS63

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money / Bullion - Gold Start Price:1.00 USD Estimated At:97,500.00 - 110,000.00 USD
1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific Exposition Commemorative Round Gold Coin PCGS MS63
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92,500.00USD+ (13,875.00) buyer's premium. + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2019 Mar 16 @ 12:08UTC-7 : PDT/MST
1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific Exposition Commemorative Round Gold Coin PCGS MS63. This lustrous and attractive Panama-Pacific Round $50 is sure to find its way into another advanced collection. The round Panama-Pacific Exposition $50s did not sell as well as the octagonal version at the time of issue and many were melted. From the mintage of 1,500 only 483 sold to collectors, and 1,017 were melted, making this the rarest collectible U.S. classic commemorative type. The obverse of the Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 gold coins depicts helmeted Athena surrounded by the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination spelled out as FIFTY DOLLARS below. The date MCMXV is inscribed on Athena's shield, and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST is in the upper left field. The reverse design features a large owl facing nearly forward, perched on a thick pine branch, with large pine cones below and in the background. The motto E PLURIBUS UNUM is tucked into the field behind the owl. Matching the obverse is a round band at the perimeter which notes the name and place of the Exposition. The designer of these coins was Robert Aitken, a well known sculptor of the early 20th century. Elusive at all levels of preservation, the Round Panama-Pacific Exposition $50s are especially challenging to locate in problem-free Choice and higher Mint State grades, as here. This lovely example is certain to be a highlight in even the most advanced commemorative coin collection. This type is included in the popular reference 100 Greatest U.S. Coins by Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth. PCGS Graded.