1952-S 50C Washington-Carver PCGS MS67. Endorsed by CAC. The Washington-Carver issue is one of the more commonly encountered silver commemoratives in the 50 and 144 piece set, but what makes this particular coin stand out is it’s extraordinary state-of-preservation. The later commemorative designs are notoriously poorly struck and even though most are in MS64 and MS65 conditions, they are plagued by surface problems on the high points. The devices are broad, flat, large “tables” which usually cannot escape any kind of mishandling. PCGS has only graded seven coins in the Superb Gem Mint State-67 condition and over 1,000 in MS64 to MS65. There’s a story in this discrepancy.
Finding a superlative coin suitable for a Registry Set can be quite onerous. Avid collector Paul Denby knows this perhaps better than any other collector as he has the number three Registry Set for silver commemoratives with an average grade of 67.02-!! The reason we have this coin from his 50 piece set is because he replaced it with a MS67+ Washington-Carver.
The last PCGS MS67 (non CAC) coin to sell at public auction was in 2013 and it realized $11,163. It had a beautiful deep toning. This CAC specimen displays a lighter toning extremely pleasing to the eye. It has a champagne hue over a veil of lilac green and gold. It is definitely not your average coin and certainly head and shoulders above the other coins in a similar grade. A piece well-within the Condition Census and possibly tied for Finest Known.