Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Commemoratives (1903-1926)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 15,000
Obverse Designer: Charles Keck
Reverse Designer: Charles Keck
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.6720g
AGW: 0.0484oz
Melt Value: $72.21 (10/17/2019)
Diameter: 15mm
Edge: Reeded
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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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Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1915 S PANAMA-PACIFIC G$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 400 420 475 490 540 575 615 625 640 720 810 1220 1800 5700 - - -
$ 435 480 495 545 585 620 630 660 790 885 1430 2400 10000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3809
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1915 S PANAMA-PACIFIC G$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---15681110461777103438537108778252368---3809
-----------------11---2
--------------2106133---34
-----------------1----1
Total---15681110461777103438539109778853872---3846
 ---0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %5 %0 %3 %11 %14 %29 %20 %14 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/19/1995 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1995 ANA Sale #139, 139/Lot# 7561 $1,100.00
5/24/2009 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1451 $603.75
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(4), 1151/Lot# 6406 $1,955.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9111 $546.25
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19251/Lot# 1351 $702.00
4/22/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 47053 $770.00
6/30/2013 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 382 $700.00
8/19/2013 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3444, 3444/Lot# 2296 $675.63
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 6249 $1,292.50
9/5/2019 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1299/Lot# 4401 $3,840.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 G$1 MS S PANAMA-PACIFIC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base304333360392429463502131913371363141614501492155816471865228529365308581763608290
314342371404440476774132513461381142714641514158817202005250237275478599870030
000000774132513461381142714641514158817202005250237275478599800
0000001047133113541398143914781536161717922145271945175647617900
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5308
Owner: Stephen L. Schechter Collection
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2936
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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