The city of San Francisco, California played host to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915. The selection of San Francisco was poignant as the expo was meant to celebrate the completion of US construction on the Panama Canal, offering a faster link between the Eastern and Western seaboards of the United States. In 1915, the US Mint was authorized to produce five commemorative coins to mark the event. Today, 2 oz Silver PanPac Rounds celebrate the design found on some of those gold coins and are available to you at Silver.com.
- Available to ship inside of protective packaging, a tube for 10 rounds!
- Celebrates the Panama-Pacific Exposition and its commemorative coin designs!
- Consists of Two Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- The obverse features the bust of Minerva.
- On the reverse is an owl with the Ponderosa Pine.
In early 1915, the US Congress authorized the United States Mint to produced five commemorative coins for the exposition at the San Francisco Mint. A 1915-S Panama-Pacific silver half dollar coin was issued, along with four gold coins in denominations of $1, $2.50 (Quarter Eagle), and two $50 coins.
All of the 2 oz Silver PanPac Rounds in this listing come with protective packaging and were produced by the Intaglio Mint using the original designs featured on the commemorative $50 gold coins the US Mint issued in 1915.
The original $50 gold coins were unique for the era because a $50 (USD) denomination had never been issued on a gold coin before in US history. The two options included a standard round coin and an unusual octagonal coin. Both were struck by the San Francisco Mint, marking the first time a branch mint facility had issued commemorative US coins.
On the reverse of 2 oz Silver PanPac Rounds, you’ll find the image of an alert owl perched on the branch of a Ponderosa Pine. The branch itself has several cones on it and the background field of the coin includes engravings identifying the exposition and the name of the city in which it was held from February 20 to December 4, 1915.
The obverse side of 2 oz PanPac Rounds includes the left-profile bust of the Roman goddess Minerva. The goddess of wisdom and warfare, Minerva wears a battle helmet on her head and wields a shield to her left side. Engravings on this side identify the nation of issue and the weight of the round. On her shield are the Roman numerals denoting the year of the exposition, 1915.
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