1915-S Panama-Pacific commemorative set, in leather case, in Bonhams auction

Sept. 6 sale also includes 1879 Flowing Hair Stella and 1795 Draped Bust, 15 Stars half dollar
By , Coin World
Published : 08/29/16
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A five-coin set of 1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition gold and silver commemorative coins accompanied by its original leather presentation case as issued highlights Bonhams’ 129-lot auction Sept. 6 in Los Angeles.

Among other lots offered are a 1796 Draped Bust, Small Eagle, 15 Stars half dollar; 1879 Flowing Hair gold $4 Stella pattern; a bronze plaquette depicting sculptor August Saint-Gaudens; and an 1853 Coronet gold dollar with a significant piece of the planchet missing.

A buyer’s fee of 17 percent will be added to the final closing hammer price of each lot won.

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The sale begins at 10: a.m. PT at the Bonhams Los Angeles gallery, 7601 W. Sunset Blvd.

Pan-Pac set with case

The Panama-Pacific International Exposition was staged in San Francisco in 1915 to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal.

As part of that celebration, the U.S. Mint struck gold and silver commemorative coins that were issued house in velvet-lined leather presentation cases or in copper frames.

Over the years, some of the coins have been separated from their cases or frames, many of which have been lost or destroyed.

The set offered by Bonhams is accompanied by what auction house says is its original leather case. All five coins in the set are graded and encapsulated by PCGS.

The set contains:

  • PCGS Mint State 63 1915-S silver half dollar
  • PCGS MS-65 1915-S gold dollar
  • PCGS MS-65 1915-S gold $2.50 coin
  • PCGS MS-62 1915-S octagonal gold $50 coin
  • PCGS MS-62 1915-S round gold $50 coin

The Pan-Pac set carries an estimate of $110,000 to $130,000.

1796 Draped Bust half dollar

The 1796 Draped Bust, Small Eagle, 15 Stars half dollar is the Overton 101 variety as attributed in United States Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836 by Donald L. Parsley, based on the original work of Al C. Overton.

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