Guess the Grade 1950 D Booker T. Washington

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by green18, May 26, 2022.


What do you think the grade is?

Poll closed Jun 3, 2022.
  1. MS-63

    0 vote(s)
  2. MS-64

    4 vote(s)
  3. MS-65

    9 vote(s)
  4. MS-65+

    0 vote(s)
  5. MS-66

    4 vote(s)
  6. MS-66+

    2 vote(s)
  7. MS-67

    1 vote(s)
  8. MS-67+

    1 vote(s)
  9. MS-68

    0 vote(s)
  1. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

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  3. Dave Waterstraat

    Dave Waterstraat Well-Known Member

    Before I vote, is this one yours?
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  4. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

  5. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    I don't post other peoples' junk........ devil.gif
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  6. Dave Waterstraat

    Dave Waterstraat Well-Known Member

    I'm going to say MS65. I see a few contact marks hiding amongst what I have to assume is planchet chatter that didn't strike out....
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  7. green18

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  8. Evan8

    Evan8 A Little Off Center

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  9. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    I don't grade from photos. I think it is a very nice piece, and would not hesitate to buy it at a fair cost. It has a few marks, post Mint, but so what, most pieces do, and are a heck of a lot more focally unappealing, than this coin.

    My only criticism, is that a person should not eat Pea Soup and let it drip on the object that the person is going to post a photo for review.

    I am old. Don't hit me
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  10. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    I went MS65, I am having a hard time with the luster shown in the photos. These tend to have a weakly struck obverse with planchet flaws showing on the high points. It is the luster that takes these into the premium gem grades.
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  11. Bill H.

    Bill H. Active Member

    I'm sure to be in the minority, but like all "classic" halves, I love the BTW. Some have said there are a few contact marks, I'd say a few more that a few. Booker's face is common for those marks. That said...

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  12. Bradley Trotter

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  13. AdamL

    AdamL Well-Known Member

    I also went with 65.
    It seems to have more "hits" than a Booker T that I have in ms66. Nice luster though. Good looking coin.
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  14. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Okay, went in and edited the poll so that one does not have to vote to view the results. Also, I changed the 'public' aspect........all voters shall remain anonymous. I know sometimes folks get skittzy having there name posted (like many of the big mouths that limit who can see their profiles) so your secrets are safe here.
    I shot some more pictures for forum perusal and as it may influence a few folks to change their vote, that option is now allowed in the poll.

    This coin is a tad difficult to photog as if it were in hand. The luster on this piece is so booming that the photogs come out as if they were proofs, so post editing manipulations were employed to get as close to what I felt was the real deal.

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    If the folks at Great Southern can do it then so can I........... devil.gif

    Carry on fellows. :)
  15. Mike Thornton

    Mike Thornton Learning something new everyday. Supporter

    I'm thinking MS-64. Good luck.
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  16. chascat

    chascat Well-Known Member

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  17. Tamaracian

    Tamaracian 12+ Yr Member--Supporter Supporter

    @green18 superb luster on your BTW, and a really nice job with the photos! If only there wasn't so mush "chatter" on his portrait it would be a superb gem IMO, but with the marks, I think that it would garner an MS-64 from one of the top TPGs.
  18. buckeye73

    buckeye73 Well-Known Member

    High end MS 66. The coin has minimal (as in very few), very minor (as in size) scratches. I always have difficulty with evaluating luster of coins not in hand, but the photos indicate high end luster. Could easily go 67.
    Edit: Uniform gold toning is excellent.
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  19. Dimedude2

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  20. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    I'll do the reveal later today. Thank you all for your comments. :)
  21. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I'll go with 67.
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