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How many dies were used to strike the Pan Pac $50

HigashiyamaHigashiyama Posts: 2,150 ✭✭✭✭✭

It was reported that the round dies broke when striking the 63rd coin. I’ve seen no other discussion of this. Is it a likely conclusion that all 1500 of the octagonal coins were struck with a single pair of dies, and the round coins required replacement only once?



  • HigashiyamaHigashiyama Posts: 2,150 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Barberian said: I'll have to go through my rolls of Pan Pacs to see if that's correct.

    If you find a coin with the start of crack, that may be coin number 62.

    But … it’s a real question if someone can answer… would we expect that a single pair of dies could strike 1500 of these huge coins.

    I believe there exist discernible differences in the die polish lines on these coins, but I’m not aware of die varieties.

  • CaptainBluntCaptainBlunt Posts: 180 ✭✭✭

    Good question I don’t know the answer
    I know a number of the first Octagon 50’s were individually struck by Mint employees or Pan PAC Expo big wigs
    or prominent members of Numismatic Societies (Pacific Coast)
    Farran Zerbe was allowed to strike
    No. 19
    Some individuals got to strike their own examples or coins they purchased
    That is kind of cool

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