||1915-S $2 1/2 Panama-Pacific Quarter Eagle MS64 NGC. CAC. Chief Engraver Charles Barber and his assistant George Morgan were called upon to design the commemorative quarter eagle for the Panama-Pacific Exposition, in 1915, when the artist originally tasked with that responsibility was unable to complete her duties. Barber took on the obverse, producing a classically-influenced design showing a mythical hippocampus ridden by the goddess Columbia (the latter holding a caduceus that symbolized the medical profession's defeat of yellow fever). Morgan's reverse design featured a striding eagle surrounded by traditional U.S. coinage legends. This near-Gem example features antique-gold surfaces highlighted by soft, satin luster and well-defined motifs on each side. Surface marks are few and far between, and all are minimal. A lovely piece that should serve the needs of any collector in search of a pleasing example of this interesting type. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4993.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.