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1947 50C Booker T. Washington MS67+

PCGS #: 9408

Expert Comments

David Hall

While the original mintage is listed at 100,000 coins for each of the three Mints, in all probability the vast majority were melted as unsold. In fact, Dave Bowers estimates that 94,000 coins of each issue were melted and the original distribution was only 6,000 coins for each Mint. These coins just weren't very popular at the time of issue, and in collectors' minds anyway they were just a repeat of the 1946 issues. Today, all three Mints have similar survival rates in all grades. They are readily available in all grades up to MS66. Superb Gem MS67 examples are rare. Toning is an issue with these coins as they can be found with nice white luster, with gorgeous and spectacular rainbow toning, and with downright ugly, dirty-looking toning. As with most silver commemoratives, eye appeal is a huge factor.


30.60 millimeters

Isaac Scott Hathaway



12.50 grams
Metal Content

90% Silver, 10% Copper

The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
65 or Better 85000 R-2.1 132 / 144 TIE 132 / 144 TIE
All Grades 68000 R-2.3 134 / 144 TIE 134 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 43000 R-2.5 134 / 144 TIE 134 / 144 TIE

Condition Census

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