1915-S $50 Pan-Pac Round MS (PCGS# 7451)
The January 2013 Americana Sale
Lot Number: 13253
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The highly symbolic design of the Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 gold coins, executed by Robert Aitken, shows a helmeted head of Roman goddess Minerva (counterpart of Greek goddess Athena) on the obverse, and an owl, symbolic of wisdom and frequently depicted in association with Minerva, on the reverse. With a slightly lower mintage than its Octagonal companion, the $50 Round is slightly scarcer and modestly higher in average prices realized. <br />
The current offering represents an alluring example with satiny, matte-like surfaces and few of the nicks or abrasions that can sometimes occur on these large, heavy gold coins; even when they are carefully stored and handled. This piece also exhibits lovely khaki-gold toning, with faint accents of rose, and exceptional eye appeal in an example of this conditionally challenging type.