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VASCO NUNEZ DE BALBOA (c. 1475 – around January 12–21, 1519) was a Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. He is best known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean in 1513, becoming the first European to lead an expedition to have seen or reached the Pacific from the New World.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa sighting the Pacific Ocean with his dog “Leoncico” at his feet. This stamp of Panama Scott #202 (Sept 1913) commemorated the 400th Anniversary of Balboa’s discovery of the Pacific Ocean (Mar del Sur), becoming the first European to see the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean by crossing the Isthmus of Panama. Next year marks the 500th Anniversary!
Vasco Nunez de Balboa. Panama’s 100-Balboa Gold Coin Made History In January 1975, the Franklin Mint announced that it would display the first gold coin minted in the United States for Americans since the removal of the government’s 41-year ban on ownership of modern gold coins. The display highlighted the 1975 100-Balboa of the Republic of Panama, the first gold coin of any nation to be minted in the United States since April, 1933 which could freely be owned by U.S. Citizens.
1974 Republic of Panama 20 Balboa Proof Coin. $229.50 USD Only 1 available