50 Dollars, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, United States, 1915

50 Dollars, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, United States, 1915

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One (1) 50 dollar coin, Panama-Pacific International Exposition
United States, 1915
Obverse Image: Bust of Minerva/Athena facing left.
Obverse Text: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / FIFTY DOLLARS / IN GOD WE TRUST / MCMXV
Reverse Image: Owl perched on pinecones.
Reverse Text: PANAMA-PACIFIC EXPOSITION / SAN FRANCISCO / E PLURIBUS UNUM
Description
The first fifty-dollar coins officially issued by the United States were commemorative pieces for San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915. The coin was issued in both round and octagonal forms, bearing symbols of wisdom on both sides; the head of Minerva on the obverse, and an owl on the reverse. These pieces are among the rarest 20th century American coins.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coin
coin, commemorative
Date made
1915
maker
U.S. Mint, San Francisco
designer
Aitken, Robert
place made
United States: California, San Francisco
associated place
United States: California, San Francisco
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
octagonal (overall shape)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements
overall:;
ID Number
1985.0551.0779
catalog number
1985.0551.0779
accession number
1985.0551
Panama-Pacific International Exposition
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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