Coins Certified as of 1/18

My Coin #06627429

1951 50C Booker T. Washington MS66+

PCGS#: 9424

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The original sales brochure (illustrated above) with a 1951-dated Booker-T. Washington Half Dollar attached, appeared at the February 2016 Long Beach Expo and was obtained by David Hall Rare Coins.  It is a highly unusual brochure because the purpose of the Booker T. Washington Half Dollar was to raise money for a memorial birthplace.  The Americanism (or anti-Communism) theme was intended for the Washington-Carver Half Dollar, first issued in 1951.  Thus, this brochure is an unusual transition piece which projected the purpose of the new coin onto the old.

It's interesting to note that early Redbooks combined the Booker T. Washington and Washington-Carver issues even though the coins had completely different designs and purposes.

The source of the brochure and coin was Santa Rosa, CA dealer, Jack Beymer, who explained that he purchased three of them over the counter at least twenty years ago (and "probably more").  Jack gave one to a doctor client from South Africa and held onto the other two brochures until 2016.

William Shamhart of Numismatic Americana has handled just about every different type of original "go-withs" and paraphernalia associated with classic U.S. Commemoratives.  This was one he had never seen before.

Diameter: 30.60 millimeters Designer: Isaac Scott Hathaway Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 510,082 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 305,000 R-1.7 140 / 144 TIE 140 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 184,000 R-1.9 139 / 144 TIE 139 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 89,000 R-2.1 139 / 144 139 / 144

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade  
1 MS67+ PCGS grade  
3 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS67 PCGS grade