½ Dollar Booker T. Washington Memorial

½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial) - obverse½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial) - reverse

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Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 1946-1951
Value ½ Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 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# 4400
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 198
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Booker T. Washington Memorial

Obverse

Booker T. Washington bust right

Script: Latin

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1946
HALF DOLLAR
E PLURIBUS UNUM
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON

Translation:
United States of America
1946
Half Dollar
Out of Many, One
Booker T. Washington

Engraver: Issac Scott Hathaway

Reverse

An image of the Hall of Fame at New York University and a log cabin.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON BIRTHPLACE MEMORIAL
FROM SLAVE CABIN TO HALL OF FAME
IN GOD WE TRUST FRANKLIN COUNTY VA.
☆ LIBERTY ☆

Engraver: Issac Scott 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 Booker T. Washington Half Dollars were minted in large numbers for the first year of issue and offered by the Booker T. Washington Birthplace Memorial Commission priced at $1 for the Philadelphia or San Francisco issues and $1.50 for the lower mintage Denver issue. Although a large number were sold, a number of coins were melted and some appear to have been released into circulation.

In subsequent years, the coins were offered by coin firms engaged as authorized agents of the commission for $6 per three-coin set. Mintages were considerably lower for these later issues, with the exception of the 1950 San Francisco and 1951 Philadelphia issues. These coins were minted in larger quantities as part of a promotion involving schools and hospitals. Records involving this issue are somewhat incomplete, resulting in estimated distribution figures included below.

This issue was not produced with the care exercised for most previous commemorative coins. Many pieces will have abrasions or contact marks on the highest points of the design, most notably the cheek of the obverse portrait. Complaints about the condition of the coins were common during the period of issuance.

Red Book has different mintages. They are in the comment section of the coins.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1946  1 000 546 $ 9.70 $ 14 $ 14 $ 20 69% 700,546 Red Book mintages
1946 D 200 113 $ 19 $ 19 $ 27 12% 50,000 Red Book mintages
1946 S 500 729 $ 14 $ 16 $ 16 19% 50,000 Red Book mintages
1947  100 017 $ 42 4% 6,.000 Red Book mintages
1947 D 100 017 1.9% 6,000 Red Book mintages
1947 S 100 017 3% 6,000 Red Book mintages
1948  8 005 1.1%
1948 D 8 005 1.0%
1948 S 8 005 1.0%
1949  6 004 1.1%
1949 D 6 004 0.8%
1949 S 6 004 0.8%
1950  6 004 1.9%
1950 D 6 004 1.0%
1950 S 512 091 $ 18 7% 62,091 Red Book mintages
1951  51 082 $ 22 $ 56 14% 210,082 Red Book mintages
1951 D 7 004 0.8%
1951 S 7 004 1.6%

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial)
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 1186
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 20.44
(EUR 19.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial)
Katz
Auction 67
Lot 3285
Internet Archive
Sep 24, 2022 Undetermined AU USD 44.12
(EUR 41.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial)
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 1185
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 Undetermined AU USD 49.50
(EUR 46.00)
(+ buyer's premium)

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