From the NGC Archives: 1915 S Panama Pacific Exposition Gold Dollar

Posted on 12/10/2013

From February to December of 1915, San Francisco hosted a grand world's fair to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal the year before.

This came at the height of the Beaux Arts movement in America, and an extensive series of commemorative coins resulted from this flourishing of artistic energy.

Along with J. E. Frasers Indian Head/Buffalo Nickel, the Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar by Charles Keck represents a bold experiment in American coin design. Both types feature devices that span the entire width of the coin face, a technique that has been strictly avoided in more recent issues. This gem example of the gold dollar is a splendid specimen in all respects. Despite the challenges to striking which such a coin entails, both sides are fully raised. The surfaces of this beauty are quite clean, with a uniformly satin texture. Just a few tiny blushes of orange toning may be seen.

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