1915-S Panama Pacific $50 Octagonal
An interesting piece that has been mounted in an old-time custom screw-top bezel with gold chain attached. A (blank) key and corkscrew is at the opposite end of the chain. The coin is lightly circulated but still protected with vintage glass on either side.
This coin is a rare survivor from a net mintage of just 645 pieces. Many coins of this type were roughly handled by their original owners, most exposition attendees and others who ordered these coins being everyday citizens and not numismatists. This appears to be one of those coins as the story goes. Soon after purchase at the Pan-Pac Exposition in 1915, the original owner had it mounted in a bezel for use as a corkscrew of the time. It has now been passed down to our consignor, a direct descendant of the original owner. The coin is rather well preserved with minimal wear and no sizable or otherwise singularly distracting abrasions. The area over and around Liberty's cheek is particularly noteworthy in this regard, and it retains considerable vibrancy. Most areas are predominantly lustrous, in fact, and warm olive-gold color is also seen throughout. A premium-quality piece with much to recommend it to the advanced collector of classic Commemorative coinage, or for the collector of oddities. (PCGS 7452) Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated, set into corkscrew, with vintage glass protecting both sides of the coin.