Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Commemoratives (1903-1926)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 15,000
Catalog: KM-136
Obverse Designer: Charles Keck
Reverse Designer: Charles Keck
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $54.48 (9/4/2015)
Diameter: 15mm
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1915 S PANAMA-PACIFIC G$1 MS obverse 1915 S PANAMA-PACIFIC G$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Panama Canal, which remains one of the engineering marvels of the modern age, was completed in August of 1914. To celebrate this achievement, Congress authorized the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. This Expo, held in San Francisco, was also a celebration of the city’s recovery from the devastating earthquake of 1906. In addition to the expo, Congress authorized a series of commemorative coins honoring the exposition. These were to include a half dollar, gold dollar, $2.5 gold piece, and two different $50 gold pieces; one round, and one octagonal. The bill authorizing these issues was signed into law on January 16, 1915.

Charles Keck, a well-known New York sculptor, was tapped to design the gold dollar. While his initial design depicted the Greek God of the Sea Poseidon, this was rejected as too detailed for the obverse of such a small coin. In the end, Keck went with the left-facing profile view of a typical Panama Canal laborer. The man is facing the two line inscription UNITED STATES OF / AMERICA, and the date is placed below his chin. As for the reverse, the statement of value ONE DOLLAR is the central device, with dolphins above and below. This was meant to symbolize the joining of two oceans by the canal. This is encircled around the rim by the words PANAMA PACIFIC EXPOSITION–SAN FRANCISCO.

The dollars were struck (as were all the Panama-Pacific Exposition coins) at the San Francisco Mint in 1915. The entire 25,000 maximum mintage was struck, but not all were sold. Even though the design was well-received, fair-goers balked at the $2 price, and 10,000 of the pieces ended up in melting pots. This left a net mintage of 15,000 coins for the issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/30/2015

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1915 S PANAMA-PACIFIC G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 420 500 530 550 570 610 665 695 745 925 1600 2500 7200 - - -
$ 510 540 560 585 620 675 720 800 1075 1900 3250 9000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3700
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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9/20/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1224/Lot# 5449
9/20/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1224/Lot# 8229


Auction Prices Realized

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9/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2525 $2,070.00
2/22/2007 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2331, 2331/Lot# 1213 $3,920.00
4/2/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Spring Collectors Choice Sale', 137/Lot# 1005 $2,587.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19251/Lot# 1351 $702.00
2/2/2012 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(2), 1167/Lot# 4459 $7,475.00
11/4/2012 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/04/2012, 47/Lot# 83042 $1,024.11
11/29/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 11459 $455.90
6/30/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20671 $2,408.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S PANAMA-PACIFIC G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base304333360392429463502131913371363141614501492155816471865228529365308581763608290
314342371404440476774132513461381142714641514158817202005250237275478599870030
000000774132513461381142714641514158817202005250237275478599800
0000001047133113541398143914781536161717922145271945175647617900
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2936
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2936
Owner: davidmckay
 
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