For Sale: HK-400 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition Official SCD – Bright Bronze

Sold · NGC AU 58

Reference HK-400
SH 18-1. BBZ
Date 1915
Grade NGC AU 58
Price Sold
Item # 3218
Metal Bright Bronze
Designed By Robert Aitken
Engraved By Robert Aitken

This is the Bright Bronze variety of the Official Medal from the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco, California. It is mislabeled HK 401 the Gold-Plated variety, which it is not. Sculptor, Robert Aitkin, designed the official medal and the Medallic Art Co. prepared the dies. Four different bronze versions were struck by the U.S. Mint at the exposition. Obverse features winged Mercury opening the Panama Canal locks through which passes the ship Argo, the symbol of navigation, the setting sun reflecting on her sails. Reverse has two females, modeled by Audrey Munson who today is considered “America’s First Supermodel”, representing the two hemispheres entwined about earth and holding in their hands cornucopias. Struck in Bright Bronze.