Panama-Pacific Exposition Quarter-Eagle

Commemorative Coins
  • Year of Issue: 1915
  • Authorizing Legislation: Public Law 63-233

Background

The Panama-Pacific Exposition Quarter-Eagle coin was released in 1915 to commemorate the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The Exposition was held in San Francisco and celebrated the successful completion of the Panama Canal. This was the first commemorative quarter eagle.

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Characteristics

The obverse design features Columbia, seated on the mythical sea horse riding through the waters of the Panama Canal. She grasps caduceus, the emblem of trade and commerce, and represents the United States inviting the nations of the world to use the new passage from ocean to ocean.

The reverse features the American Eagle resting on a standard bearing the motto E Pluribus Unum.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • PANAMA-PACIFIC EXPOSITION
  • 1915

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • 2 1/2 DOL

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

  • Designer: Charles E. Barber
Content last reviewed December 21, 2016

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