Panama Pacific Exposition $50 Gold Coin 1915

Panama Pacific Exposition Fifty Dollar Gold Coin
The lowest mintage and rarest commemorative coin of the United States is the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition $50 Gold Piece. Available in both round and octagonal versions, the high denomination of the coins recalled the Humbert $50 slugs that were created in San Francisco during the gold rush. The coins were issued for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco.
The obverse of the Panama Pacific Fifty Dollar Gold Coin features the head of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, skill, contemplation, spinning, weaving, agriculture, and horticulture. Inscriptions include “United States of America”, “Fifty Dollars”, “In God We Trust”, and the date 1915 expressed in Roman numerals as “MCMXV”. The reverse of the coin features an owl, the symbol of wisdom and an animal
Panama Pacific Exposition 50 Dollars Gold Coin
sacred to Minerva. Inscriptions read “Panama Pacific Exposition” and “San Francisco”. The octagonal version of the coin has dolphins encircling the edge to represent the uninterrupted waterway created by the Panama Canal. The designer of the coin was Robert I. Aitken.
Sales of the $50 gold coins took place individually or as part of sets encompassing all of the Panama Pacific Exposition commemorative coins. Individual sales took place at $100. A combined offer for a four coin set (choice of octagonal or round) was also available for $100. Following the exposition, the five coin sets were available in special copper and glass frames for $200. Double sets were also available for $400.
The maximum authorized mintage for the 1915 Panama Pacific $50 Gold Coin was 1,500 each, for the round and octagonal versions. The final distribution net of melting was 483 for the round version and 645 for the octagonal version.

This issue represents a trophy coin for many collectors due to its beautiful design, unique qualities, and low mintage. Surviving top graded examples sell for prices well in excess of $100,000.
Panama Pacific Exposition Fifty Dollar Gold Coin octagonal versionPanama Pacific Exposition 50 Dollars Gold Coin octagonal

Panama Pacific Exposition Fifty Dollar Gold Coin Specifications:
Designer: Robert Aitken
Composition: 90% gold, 10% copper
Weight: 83.55 g
Diameter: 50.8 mm
Authorization: Public Law No. 63-233
Maximum Authorized Mintage: 1,500 (each for octagonal and round)

Panama Pacific Exposition Fifty Dollar Gold Coin Mintage:
1915-S Octagonal: 645
1915-S Round: 483

1892-1916 United States commemorative coins

Columbian Exposition Half Dollar 1892-1893
Isabella Quarter 1893
Lafayette Silver Dollar 1900
Louisiana Purchase Exposition Jefferson Gold Dollar 1903
Louisiana Purchase Exposition McKinley Gold Dollar 1903
Lewis and Clark Exposition Gold Dollar 1904-1905
Panama Pacific Exposition $50 Gold Piece 1915
Panama Pacific Exposition Quarter Eagle 1915
Panama Pacific Exposition Gold Dollar 1915
Panama Pacific Exposition Half Dollar 1915
McKinley Memorial Gold Dollar 1916-1917
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