½ Dollar Washington-Carver

½ Dollar (Washington-Carver) -  obverse½ Dollar (Washington-Carver) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 1951-1954
Value ½ Dollar = 50 Cents (0.5 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 11591
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 200
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Honors educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute, Booker T. Washington; and botanist, George Washington Carver

Obverse

Washington and Carver's profiles looking right with two rings of lettering encircling their portrait

Lettering: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA * E PLURIBUS UNUM * IN GOD WE TRUST/GEORGE W CARVER LIBERTY BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HALF DOLLAR 1952

Engraver: Isaac S. Hathaway

Reverse

Map of the continental United States(48 out of the 50) with the letters 'USA' superimposed, in capitals, over said map. One ring of lettering encircling the map of the continental US.

Lettering: *FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL* *AMERICANISM*ั

Engraver: Isaac S. Hathaway

Edge

Reeded

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

Comments

The last design released for the early commemorative coins was the George Washington Carver Half Dollar (Buy on eBay). The authorizing legislation passed in 1951 called for the melting of all unsold Booker T. Washington Half Dollars and the recoinage into coins bearing conjoined profile portraits of George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington.

Part of the impetus for the approval of the final commemorative coin program seems to have been the intended purpose to “oppose the spread of Communism among Negroes in the interest of national defence.” Models for the design were prepared by Isaac Scott Hathaway, but both were initially rejected. The obverse featured a three quarter profile portrait of Booker T. Washington behind the profile portrait of George Washington Carver. The reverse featured the American Legion seal with inscriptions including “United Against the Spread of Communism”.

The revised and later approved models featured both portraits in profile, surrounded by lengthy inscriptions. On the reverse was a simple map of the United States of America, curiously with Delaware omitted.

Coins were issued in three-coin sets containing one of each mint mark for each year of issue. Prices were $9 or $10 per set, and later $12 per set for the 1954 coins. In 1952, there was some attempt to issue the coins broadly through banks, but many were eventually distributed at or near face value. By the end of the program, more than one million coins would be distributed.

For nearly three decades, no additional commemorative coins were approved within the United States. Any proposals were met by the Treasury Department with a long list of complaints that had arisen due to past abuses. Thus ended the era of early commemorative coins.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1951  20 018 $ 15 $ 19 15%
1951 D 10 004 2%
1951 S 10 004 1.8%
1952  1 106 292 $ 10 $ 14 $ 14 $ 18 80%
1952 D 8 006 1.8%
1952 S 8 006 1.6%
1953  8 003 4%
1953 D 8 003 1.6%
1953 S 88 020 $ 21 11%
1954  12 006 4%
1954 D 12 006 1.6%
1954 S 42 024 10%

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar (Washington-Carver)
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 1192
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 Undetermined AU USD 19.58
(EUR 19.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar (Washington-Carver)
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 1191
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 Undetermined XF USD 17.52
(EUR 17.00)
(+ buyer's premium)

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