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1915 Panama-California Official Medal Gilt HK-428 NGC MS63 SOLD
1915 Panama-California Official Medal Gilt HK-428 NGC MS63
The Panama-California Exposition was held in San Diego, California during 1915 and 1916 to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. Although not as well-known as the Panama-Pacific Exposition held in San Francisco during 1915, the Panama-California Exposition was well attended. Official medals were produced for the exposition and struck at the United States Mint exhibit on the fair grounds. These official medals were designed by C.K. Berryman, then a cartoonist for the Washington Star, and were engraved by Charles Barber. The medals feature the very popular obverse design of Uncle Sam with his shovel lying across the Panama Canal. The reverse design of the first ship to pass through the Panama Canal, the S.S. Ancon, is also well executed. The official medals were struck in silver, bronze and gilt and examples dated both 1915 and 1916 were minted. This example of the 1915 Panama-California Expo Gilt Official Medal is listed as HK-428 in the Hibler-Kappen book on So-Called Dollars and has been graded MS63 by NGC and is encapsulated in one of the newer-style edge-view holders. The piece is also pedigreed to the Jeff Shevlin Collection on the NGC label. The medal has a bright and very lustrous straw-gold and almost copper color which is quite different than the greenish-gold color of another HK-428 medal which I have also recently listed. Just a touch of rub on Uncle Samís fist and on the high point of the ship on the reverse have cut through the gold plating; otherwise, the piece looks like a gem specimen that would be difficult to beat.
 
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