The Panama Canal was completed in 1914, at that time it was considered a technological marvel. The canal was an important strategic and economic asset to the U.S., and revolutionized world shipping patterns. The canal saves 7,800 miles on a trip from New York to San Francisco by sea. The first ship to complete an ocean to ocean passage through the Canal carried 50,000 historical medals to commemorate that event, but only a few hundred of those medals exist today.
This year on the 100 year anniversary of the completion of the Panama Canal a medal has been created to commemorate this significant event in our nation’s history. The medals will be struck by Daniel Carr of the Moonlight Mint.
The obverse design is similar to the 1914 Panama Canal Completion medal which features a female standing on the prow of a ship with outstretched arms, below her right hand is a globe of the eastern hemisphere, below her left hand is a globe of the western hemisphere with a scroll between the two symbolizing that the two hemispheres have been united. It is cataloged as HK 398 by Hibler and Kappen in their reference book on So-Called Dollars published in 1963. The legends and scrolls have been modified to state “1914 – COMPLETION PANAMA CANAL – 2014” and “100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY”.
The reverse design is an adaptation of HK 432 from the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which features a ship sailing through the Canal locks with minor modifications.
The medals are 39mm and will be struck in silver, copper, gold-plated and gold. The silver pieces will be edge marked “ONE TROY OZ .999 SILVER”. The Gold will be 1.6 OZ and edge marked “50 GRAMS 999+ GOLD”.
This is an exclusive opportunity to order these medals at the pre-order discounted prices. The silver will cost $65 each, copper $10 each and the gold-plated $35. Gold will be approximately $2,350 depending on spot at the time of the order and will have 1.6 OZ of 999+ Gold.
These medals will be carried through the Panama Canal in 2014 as occurred 100 years ago in 1914.
To order medals contact Jeff Shevlin (So-Called Guy) via email [email protected] or via mail 1894 E. William Street, Suite 4-240, Carson City, NV 89403, or phone # 916-955-2569.