||August 2019 ANA U.S. Coins Auction Rosemont, IL
||Virtually Flawless 1915-S Pan-Pac $2.50
Tied for Finest Certified
1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition Quarter Eagle. MS-68 (NGC).
An incredible survivor from this coveted issue, displaying vibrant lemon-yellow coloration and uniform satiny luster. Sharply struck and without any notable imperfections. This piece is one of the very finest examples known, ranking at the top of the NGC Census and exceeding anything seen by PCGS. The Congressional Act of January 16, 1915, called for the production of special half dollars, gold dollars, quarter eagles and $50 gold pieces to commemorative the historic Panama-Pacific Exposition. The Act specified the maximum number of examples of each denomination to be struck, including 10,000 pieces for the quarter eagle. Due to its proximity to the Expo, the San Francisco Mint produced all of the commemoratives, including the authorized 10,000 quarter eagles, plus an additional 17 coins for assay purposes. Sales to the public both at the Exposition and through other venues proved somewhat disappointing, however, and in due course 3,251 examples were returned to the Mint and melted, leaving a net distribution of just 6,749 pieces. Most examples remain in Mint State, but very few are left in Superb Gem. The present example is one of the most exceptional specimens extant and simply cannot be improved upon.
NGC Census: 3; none finer. The finest graded by PCGS are listed at MS-67+.
PCGS# 7450. NGC ID: BYLP.
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