1951-1954 Washington Carver Silver Half Dollar
The Early United States commemorative coins traditionally begins with the 1892 Colombian Half dollar and extends through the 1954 Booker T. Washington issue. The profits from the sale of commemorative coins was often used to fund a specific project. Commemorative coins were a money raising mechanism that provided an alternative to raising taxes.
George Washington Carver/Booker T. Washington
1951 (PDS) (20,018, 10,004, 10,004)
1952 (PDS) (1,006,292, 8,006, 8,006)
1953 (PDS) (8,003, 8,003, 88,020)
1954 (PDS) (12,006, 12,006, 42,024)
1951-54 George Washington Carver-Booker T. WashingtonHalf Dollar
With the exception of Acts signed on August 7, 1946, for the Iowa Centennial and Booker T. Washington half dollars, and an amendment to one of these in 1951 for the (George Washington) Carver-(Booker T.) Washington half dollar, no further coins were authorized. Produced from 1951 through 1954, the Carver-Washington half dollar was the last of the pre-modern commemorative coin programs.
1951 - 54 Washington-Carver
The Washington-Carver commemorative is the last in “classic commemorative”: series issued between 1892 and 1954. The history of this coin is tied to McCarthyism and loosely to the Civil rights movement as is the Booker T. Washington commemorative before it.
Quick Coinage Facts
Years Minted: 1951-1954
Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Fancisco
**Composition: .900 Silver, .100 Coper
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Weight: 12.50 grams
Total Mintage: 2,136,000 Plain, 248,000 S, 38,000 D
Authority: Public Law 610-124 of Sept 21, 1951
George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver (5 January 1864 – 5 January 1943), was an American botanist and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he was born into slavery in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864.
Booker T. Washington
Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community.
On April 7, 1940, Washington became the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp. Several years later, he was honored on the first coin to feature an African American, the Booker T. Washington Memorial Half Dollar, which was minted by the United States from 1946 to 1951. He was also depicted on a U.S. Half Dollar from 1951–1954.
1/2 Dollar Washington-Carver
Non circulating issue
Country United States
Value Half Dollar = 50 Cents (0.5 USD)
Metal Silver (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Engraver Isaac S. Hathaway
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓