George Washington Carver-Booker T. Washington Half Dollar

Commemorative Coin Programs

Background

From 1951 to 1954, the U.S. Mint produced the George Washington Carver-Booker T. Washington Half Dollar. It commemorated the lives of George Washington Carver (1864-1943), an agricultural scientist and educator, and Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), founder of the Tuskegee Institute. The coin was the last commemorative coin made by the Mint until the modern Commemorative Coin Program began in 1982.

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Characteristics

The obverse features the profiles of George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington.

The reverse depicts a simple outline map of the United States.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
  • LIBERTY
  • BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
  • HALF DOLLAR
  • Year

Reverse Inscriptions

  • FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
  • AMERICANISM
  • U.S.A.

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

  • Designer: Isaac Scott Hathaway
Content last reviewed May 3, 2021