1915-S $50 Pan-Pac Octagonal MS64 Certification #05999771, PCGS #7452

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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.

PCGS #
7452
Designer
Robert Aitken
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
46.00 millimeters
Weight
83.59 grams
Mintage
645
Metal
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
47
Pop Lower
369
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 512 R-5.9 2 / 13 2 / 13
All Grades 455 R-6.0 2 / 13 2 / 13
60 or Better 27 R-8.9 2 / 13 2 / 13
65 or Better 512
All Grades 455
60 or Better 27
65 or Better R-5.9
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-8.9
65 or Better 2 / 13
All Grades 2 / 13
60 or Better 2 / 13
65 or Better 2 / 13
All Grades 2 / 13
60 or Better 2 / 13

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade 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 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 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade 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

MS66+ 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

MS66 PCGS grade #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

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
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