1915-S Pan Pac Octagonal $50 NCS AU
Details (Ex ANS Museum). A wonderful, and large piece
of art struck in gold. These were struck to commemorate
the opening of the Panama pacific channel, and distributed
during a special exposition in San Francisco.
Only 645 pieces were made of the octagonal
variety. Designed by Robert Aitken, these show the goddess
Minerva on the obverse and an owl, symbol of wisdom
on the reverse. Near the border are 8 abstractly dolphins,
and the legend on the reverse is “PANAMA-PACIFIC
EXPOSITION SAN FRANCISCO”.
The Panama-Pacific exposition was the
1915 worlds fair held in San Francisco. The exhibition
was awarded to San Francisco in 1911, after defeating
is primary contender, the city of New Orleans. Much
of San Francisco was destroyed by the large earthquake
in 1906, and this was the chance to show the rebuild
city to the world.
The world came to San Francisco, to
celebrate and look in awe at spectacular buildings especially
erected in a northern part of the city. The exposition
ran for almost the full year, and was a big success.
There were thousands of exhibits, and many popular attractions.
Of all this, the only building, reconstructed as well
that is still standing is the palace of arts.
The present piece is a lightly circulated
example of this rare commemorative gold coin. Although
some very light scratches are present in the left obverse
field, this is a wonderful and lustrous example. Boldly
struck, with very nice details. Original, darker yellow
color shows on both sides. As a bonus, this coin is
also ex: ANS museum, making it an even more spectacular
piece of art with a rare pedigree.
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