1946 50C Iowa MS68+
To date, there are no holders nor envelopes save one (see below). Small numbers of coins were sold at the World Columbian Exposition. The majority were sold, however, by mail. You would think there would be evidence of that with holders and envelopes, but there is probably only this one. This is a small, round, paper-cardboard box, pink in color, with a Columbia sticker on top. This came with a darkly toned coin, probably MS63, and tissue paper that the coin was wrapped in all stuffed into this box. Was this an original distribution box? Who knows? It very well could be. I also have a silk ribbon woven at the fair with Bertha Palmer pictured as President of the Board of Lady Managers. Also, I have a short letter signed by her. I have no memorabilia other than these. If anyone knows of other Isabella items, please be in contact.
The coin is one of two coins graded PCGS 68+. Some of these can have very nice toning, but the majority have no toning and are washed out white with no luster. This coin has a pedigree of David Schweitz and J.F.S. This coin is a great strike as you can see, certainly on the reverse. It also has luster, toning, and is virtually mark-free. Try to find another like this.
- J & L