1915-S $50 Pan-Pac Round MS64

CERTIFICATION#: 13592734
PCGS#: 7451

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

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.

Diameter: 43.20 millimeters Designer: Robert Airken Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 483 Weight: 83.59 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
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

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade Bowers & Merena 3/2010:3473 (as PCGS MS66), $281,750
1 MS66 estimated grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade