Stack's Bowers - The June 2011 Baltimore Auction Lot #9118

  • PCGS
  • 55
  • CAC
  • N

1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50. Octagonal. AU-55 (PCGS). OGH--Second Generation.

Pleasing 1915-S $50 Octagonal Panama-Pacific Exposition Gold Piece

Lustrous throughout and attractive as the planchet exudes the rich orange-gold color usually seen on these hefty gold coins. There are faint hairlines on the surface from a gentle wiping or slight friction from examination, but this piece did not appear to have any real wear from circulation. Fully struck and free of copper specks or similar detractions that can appear on the surfaces from within the planchet, save for a hint of a bluish-gold splash at the forward corner of Minerva's helmet. No bumps or marks are present, with all eight corners intact on the octagonal surface, so careful handling has been the rule here. Identical in design to the $50 round piece, save for a slightly reduced size of the devices, and with the addition of eight small dolphins swimming at each of the corners on the obverse and reverse. Always impressive in any state of preservation, these rare Octagonal $50s were costly from the day they were coined, and have continued to increase in price on a fairly steady run for the past 96 years.

PCGS#: 7452