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1915-S $50 Pan-Pac Octagonal (Regular Strike)

Series: Gold Commemoratives 1903-1926

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
7452
Designer:
Robert Airken
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
46.00 millimeters
Weight:
83.59 grams
Mintage:
645
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 512 R-5.9 2 / 13 2 / 13
60 or Better 455 R-6.0 2 / 13 2 / 13
65 or Better 27 R-8.9 2 / 13 2 / 13
Survival Estimate
All Grades 512
60 or Better 455
65 or Better 27
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.9
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-8.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 13
60 or Better 2 / 13
65 or Better 2 / 13
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 2 / 13
60 or Better 2 / 13
65 or Better 2 / 13

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 2/2005:1401, $189,750 - Burgess Lee Berlin, M.D., J.D. Collection - Heritage 1/2018:5202, $288,000

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2015:5516, $205,625 - Sounder Collection, Part II - Heritage 1/2017:6126, $199,750 - Rare Coin Wholesalers, offered on Ebay (#201793746941, as PCGS MS66 25684292) on 2/23/2017 for $273,000

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 estimated grade

Bowers & Merena 1/2009:1054, $253,000 - Charles G. Wright Family Collection - Heritage 4/2014:5866, $282,000

2 MS66 estimated grade

Heritage 7/2005:10443, $289,671 - Scott Rudolph Collection - Heritage 1/2009:4216, $207,000 - Empire Collection - Heritage 1/2015:4458, $258,500

2 MS66 estimated grade

Good River Collection - Superior 5/2006:1482, $253,000

8 MS65+ PCGS grade
8 MS65+ PCGS grade
8 MS65+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 2/2005:1401, $189,750 - Burgess Lee Berlin, M.D., J.D. Collection - Heritage 1/2018:5202, $288,000

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2015:5516, $205,625 - Sounder Collection, Part II - Heritage 1/2017:6126, $199,750 - Rare Coin Wholesalers, offered on Ebay (#201793746941, as PCGS MS66 25684292) on 2/23/2017 for $273,000

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 estimated grade

Bowers & Merena 1/2009:1054, $253,000 - Charles G. Wright Family Collection - Heritage 4/2014:5866, $282,000

#2 MS66 estimated grade

Heritage 7/2005:10443, $289,671 - Scott Rudolph Collection - Heritage 1/2009:4216, $207,000 - Empire Collection - Heritage 1/2015:4458, $258,500

#2 MS66 estimated grade

Good River Collection - Superior 5/2006:1482, $253,000

#8 MS65+ PCGS grade
#8 MS65+ PCGS grade
#8 MS65+ PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1915, San Francisco hosted the Panama-Pacific Exposition, a massive celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal. To record the event, the U.S. Mint produced a variety of commemorative coins, including a Half Dollar, a Gold Dollar, a Quarter Eagle, and two versions of a $50 gold piece (one round and one octagonal). Attendees at the Exposition could purchase the coins singly or in a variety of combinations. The most extreme combination was a double set (two of each coin) housed in a specially made copper and glass frame. Because of the high face value of the $50 coins, sales failed to meet expectations, resulting in hundreds of unsold coins. These were eventually melted down, resulting in a net mintage figure of only 645 pieces.

The $50 Panama-Pacific gold coins are massive, heavy coins made of a relatively soft metal. As a result, the coins are susceptible to wear and damage, making it difficult to find exceptional examples. The vast majority of survivors are Mint State, usually in MS63. Gems are very rare, and the best examples top out at MS66.