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SERIES: Gold Commemoratives 1903-1926
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1915-S $50 Pan-Pac Round (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
7451
Diameter:
43.20 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Airken
Weight:
83.59 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
483
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$281,750 • PCGS MS66 • 2-15-2010 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Numismatic
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Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 362 R-6.2 1 / 13 1 / 13
60 or Better 312 R-6.3 1 / 13 1 / 13
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 1 / 13 1 / 13
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 3/2010:3473 (as PCGS MS66), $281,750

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 3/2010:3473 (as PCGS MS66), $281,750

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: In 1915, San Francisco hosted the Panama-Pacific Exposition to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal.  To commemorate the event, the United States mint struck a variety of coins in silver and gold, including a Half Dollar, Gold Dollar, $2-1/2 Gold, $50 Gold Octagonal, and $50 Gold Round.  The coins were sold at the Exposition individually or in a variety of combinations and/or sets.  Apart from Patterns and semi-official Territorial gold coins, the United States had never issued a $50 gold piece.  Not sure of how many they could sell, Mint officials struck 1,509 Octagonal and 1,510 Round versions.  Because of the high cost of the coins and the sets, very few coins actually sold.  Of the 1,510 $50 Rounds, 10 were set aside for assay purposes, 483 were sold to the public, and the remaining 1,017 coins were destroyed.  The Panama-Pacific $50 Round ranks as one of the great numismatic rarities of the Twentieth Century.