The Washington-Carver coins are generally murky and lusterless. The series runs from 1951 PDS (Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints), 1952 PDS, 1953 PDS, and 1954 PDS. the 1952 P is probably the coin which produces the most colorful and beautiful coins. The above coin is one of the few that is graded 67+. There is one graded higher. This coin is multicolored with turquoise, pink, orange, and tan, and is one of the most beautiful in existence. It certainly is the one Washington-Carver with the most eye appeal, in my opinion. Both portraits of George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington are both free of marks.
There is a fair supply of memorabilia. This series was not as popular with collectors as some other commemoratives for two reasons. One, it was at the end of the classic commemorative coin series. There would not be another commemorative produced by the U.S. Mint until 1982 with the George Washington Half-Dollar. In other words, commemoratives became tired in 1954. Second, the design was panned from the beginning. I'll let you be the judge on that. The series was distributed by S.J. Phillips, President of the Booker T. Washington Birthplace Memorial of Rocky Mount, Virginia. There are several types of holders, poster stamps, envelopes, and advertising brochures, some of which are shown here.
- J & L
This PCGS 68+ coin is one of the prettiest of the set: multicolored on both sides, no visible marks, and spectacular luster. This coin is unmatched. There are other Wisconsins that come close, but the majority are dull and colorless.
There is an average amount available to celebrate Wisconsin's Territorial Centennial. There are a few envelopes seen, but not many. The three-coin cardboard holders have no special writing on them, and were often cut to supply one or two coin orders. In addition to the three-coin holders, five-coin holders have been reported. Also available are various medals, centennial programs, badges, poster stamps, and postcards serving as receipts and ordering cards.
- J & L