1915-S $2.50 Panama-Pacific MS (PCGS# 7450)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 2861
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1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition Quarter Eagle. MS-65 (PCGS). A gorgeous Gem example of this popular commemorative type, which features a unique design by Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan. The obverse shows mythological figure Columbia with a caduceus (a winged staff with two serpents wrapped around it) in her left hand, seated on a hippocampus (a sea horse with a horse's forelegs and a dolphin's tail), signifying the use of the Panama Canal. An American eagle with wings raised is depicted on the reverse. <br />
A generally well struck piece with beautifully satiny yellow-gold surfaces that reveal somewhat matte-like field textures. Under low magnification, faint die lines can be seen on each side, but these are entirely mint-made and certainly not distracting. There are no apparent marks and only a tiny toning spot is mentioned at the top of the S of EXPOSITION.