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

1947 50C Booker T. Washington (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
9408
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Designer:
Isaac Scott Hathaway
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
100,017
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$9,200 • PCGS MS67 • 5-1-2007 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 85,000 R-2.1 132 / 144 TIE 132 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 68,000 R-2.3 134 / 144 TIE 134 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 43,000 R-2.5 134 / 144 TIE 134 / 144 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade
6 MS66+ PCGS grade
6 MS66+ PCGS grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade  
10 MS66 PCGS grade

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.