1915-S $50 Pan-Pac Round MS64 Certification #13592734, PCGS #7451

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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.

PCGS #
7451
Designer
Robert Aitken
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
43.20 millimeters
Weight
83.59 grams
Mintage
483
Metal
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
50
Pop Lower
261
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 362 R-6.2 1 / 13 1 / 13
All Grades 312 R-6.3 1 / 13 1 / 13
60 or Better 12 R-9.5 1 / 13 1 / 13
65 or Better 362
All Grades 312
60 or Better 12
65 or Better R-6.2
All Grades R-6.3
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better 1 / 13
All Grades 1 / 13
60 or Better 1 / 13
65 or Better 1 / 13
All Grades 1 / 13
60 or Better 1 / 13

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  PCGS #7451 (MS)     66

Bowers & Merena 3/2010:3473 (as PCGS MS66), $281,750

1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 10/2015:315, $205,625

4 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade
 PCGS #7451 (MS)     66 #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 3/2010:3473 (as PCGS MS66), $281,750

MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS65+ PCGS grade #4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 10/2015:315, $205,625

MS65+ PCGS grade #4 MS65+ PCGS grade