These are some great-looking coins. Along with the 1915 S half dollar (click here to see it), four gold coins were minted at the San Francisco Mint to commemorate the Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915.
These coins all have a base value relative to their gold content. The current base value can be determined by multiplying the AGW (actual gold weight, posted below for each coin) by the current spot price of gold. Current prices can be found on kitco.com. On top of the base value, each coin carries a premium both for their historical nature as well as their appeal to collectors.
The $2.50 coin shows Columbia (a historic representation of the U.S.A.) seated atop a hippocampus (sea horse or sea monster with horse features), holding a caduceus, a symbol often associated with medicine, although in this case it is meant to represent trade and negotiation. The reverse shows an eagle. This coin has an AGW of .12 ounces.
worn: $600 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1000
well preserved: $1400
fully uncirculated: $2300
Known counterfeits exist, shown in our secondary picture to the right. If you are buying one of these coins, deal only with people you trust.
Please note that these are catalog values, which can be different from actual buy and sell values. For more information on catalog values, please check out our Terminology page.