Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Commemoratives (1903-1926)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 13,498
Catalog: KM-137
Obverse Designer: Charles Keck
Reverse Designer: Charles Keck
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1210oz
Melt Value: $159.96 (8/27/2016)
Diameter: 18mm
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1915 S PANAMA-PACIFIC $2.5 MS obverse 1915 S PANAMA-PACIFIC $2.5 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.

Mint sculptors Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan were tasked with designing the coin’s obverse and reverse, respectively. Barber’s design for the obverse depicts an allegorical figure—the goddess Columbia—astride a hippocampus, a Greek mythological sea horse with the head and forequarters of a horse and the tail of a fish. In her hand is a caduceus, the symbol of the medical profession, signifying the strides against yellow fever that had helped make the canal’s construction possible. The date is below this portrait; above it, along the rim, is the inscription PANAMA-PACIFIC EXPOSITION. The reverse depicts a left-facing American eagle perched atop a plaque on which is inscribed the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM. Below this is the statement of value—2 ½ DOL.—and above it, along the rim, is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

The quarter eagles were struck (as were all the Panama-Pacific Exposition coins) at the San Francisco Mint. Although the maximum mintage of 10,000 coins was produced, 3,251 coins remained unsold and we melted, leaving a net mintage of just 6,749 coins.

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1915 S PANAMA-PACIFIC $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1955
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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2/12/1996 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0814, 814/Lot# 896 $4,431.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2744 $3,737.50
5/24/2009 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1454 $5,175.00
5/30/2010 PCGS MS 66   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 2140 $6,727.00
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 198723 $7,425.00
12/28/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 836, 845/Lot# 612 $4,475.00
11/5/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 21259 $4,993.75
4/27/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1234/Lot# 6303 $4,465.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 S PANAMA-PACIFIC $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1563160916561705175320092106208721062302244824952614314935454064436147936169224723994070626
1578162516721721183820412106209321712351246425352792328137184163450552521160328295501690
000000210620932171235124642535279232813718416345055252116032829500
000000210621002237239924792574297134133891426246495710170383411700
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 11603
Owner: RDN
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 4361
Owner: fogbear
 
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