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SERIES: Silver Commemoratives
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1946 50C Booker T. Washington (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+
PCGS #:
9404
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Designer:
Isaac Scott Hathaway
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,000,546
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$10,925 • PCGS MS67 • 7-26-2003 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 600,000 R-1.5 143 / 144 143 / 144
60 or Better 360,000 R-1.7 143 / 144 143 / 144
65 or Better 190,000 R-1.9 141 / 144 TIE 141 / 144 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade  
2 MS67+ PCGS grade  
2 MS67+ PCGS grade  
9 MS67 PCGS grade
9 MS67 PCGS grade

David Hall: The Booker T Washington commemorative half dollars were issues for six years, 1946 to 1951. Each of the three U.S. Mints...Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco...issued coins in all six years, so there are a total of 18 Booker T Washington issues. For the first two years, mintages were huge. In fact, for the 1946 Philadelphia BTW, over a million coins were struck. They were not very popular at the time of issue, but many survive today. They are one of the more available issues in the silver commemorative series.Tthe typical 1946 Philadelphia BTW half is quite frosty. While not rare in MS65 and MS66, due to the flatness of the design and propensity for marks, examples graded MS67 and above are quite rare. This can be said for all Booker T Washingtons, so it's definitely a design issue.