Stack's Bowers - The January 2013 New York Americana Sale Lot #13255

  • PCGS
  • 63
  • CAC
  • N

1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50. Octagonal. MS-63 (PCGS).

Appealing Select Mint State Octagonal Pan-Pac $50

The Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 gold coins, struck in both Octagonal and Round formats, are the largest and, arguably, the most beautiful commemorative issues of the Classic Commemorative era (1892- 1954). In terms of artistic merit, the Robert Aitken design would be difficult to challenge, and it has been compared favorably to the aesthetically outstanding 1907 High Relief double eagle design of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, among contemporary coinage designs. This example is fully struck, with the usual orange-peel texture in the fields, and gorgeous, vibrant rose-gold toning. Wispy die striations, found on the reverse under low magnification, should not be mistaken for hairlines. There are no abrasions or noticeable surface distractions on either side of this scarce, eminently desirable Octagonal Pan-Pac $50.          

PCGS#: 7452