Denver Gold and Silver Exchange
5475 Leetsdale Dr Suite 210
Denver, Colorado 80246
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Half-Union was a gold United States coin minted as a pattern in
1877 with a face value of US$50, and weighed roughly 2.5 ounces.
It was never struck for circulation, due to the belief that it would
only circulate among banks. A Full Union, with the face value of
100 dollars, was never made due to the failure of the Half-Union.
In 1915, a commemorative Panama-Pacific International Exposition
Half-Union was issued in two forms: round and octagonal. It had
a gladiator-like figure on the front and a wisdom owl on the back.
Both coins were designed by Robert Aitken, and all Panama-Pacific
Half-Unions were minted in San Francisco. Today, the commemorative
1915 round and octagonal $50 coins sell for multiple tens of thousands
of dollars in any condition. With a mintage of just 483 the round
$50 coin has, in fact, the lowest mintage figure of any official
U.S. mint issue of the 20th Century. At the 1915 Exposition, these
coins were sold both individually and in framed sets. Not surprisingly,
few were purchased, as few could afford $50, let alone a small premium
on the coins.