Panama-Pacific international exposition medal

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Pickin and Grinin, Jan 23, 2021.

  1. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    I am sure that most of you are aware of the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco 1915.
    Here is a little known medal that was given as the top prize for many of the products at the exhibits. These were engraved by John Flanagan and struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
    I am not sure which mine is a very vibrant toned Bronze or the gold plated version.
    This type was struck in Bronze,
    Silver plated bronze
    Gold plated Bronze.
    It seems that a total of 20,000 medals were made in all, But no specific totals on each one.

    When I saw this medal I was immediately taken by it's presence. It is a large medal at 70mm and 133.8G

    Does anyone know if this holder is the original that it was issued in?

    Please feel free to elaborate on the medal or any coin that was issued as a Panama Pacific expo coin.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2021
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  3. Rushmore

    Rushmore Coin Addict

    Pretty nice medal. How does it compare to the Nobel Prize Medal.
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  4. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    After doing a little more research I found that if you wanted the gold or silver plated version you had to pay extra and the amount of plating added was different depending on the outside source that did the work.
    I believe mine is th JR-MGD version.
    Here is a reference for the different Medals, Trophies, Ribbons and Certificates given at the expo.
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  6. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Here is the Pan - Pac medal that you see most often.

    PanPac Medal O.jpg PanPac Medal OR.jpg
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  8. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Yes, so far as I know.

    So far as you comment about the price realized on the Pan-Pac award medal, it's not surprising. The prices I noted in the Heritage sales seemed quite strong to me. Perhaps collectors had a lot of money burning holes in their pockets since the FUN and New York International bourses were not held. I came away empty handed this year.
  9. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Although it was a nice example, Auction was 2007. It sold for much more money than some of the other gold plated medals since. But they were also fairly well circulated. The next high price was the silver plated example it sold at 600 w/BP in 2018.
  10. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Yep, here's my Silver Pan Pac! Since I live about an hour away from SF over the years I've collected many pieces from the 1915 Pan Pac, this one is my favorite piece. As far as your holder goes, it's not original but it's very nice. :D I also included an extremely rare Token, there's a couple different varieties that were given out at the Pan Pac, I think this one is the most rare but you don't hear much about them at all. Yes, the Cawston Ostrich Farm from Pasadena, California was definitely there! :D

    1915-a.jpg 1915-c.jpg IMG_2735.JPG IMG_2736.JPG IMG_2737.JPG IMG_2739.JPG PPIE Ostrich 1915.jpg Ostritches.jpg
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  11. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    After doing quite a bit more research, I have seen this coin sold or in a historic society with this same holder. Is it an aftermarket holder that was available at the time?
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