United States of America - ½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial)

Coin ½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial) United States of America obverse
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Coin ½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial) United States of America reverse
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General information

Name ½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial)
Country United States of America
Issuer United States of America
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Face value Half Dollar = 50 Cents
Period -
Issue period 1946 - 1951
Commemorative reason -
Out of circulation? No
Thematic
-

Technical information

Item type coin
Subtype non circulating coin
Material plain: Silver main (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Thickness -
Format round
Alignment ↑↓

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 quantity 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 coin 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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Faces
Coin ½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial) United States of America obverse

Obverse

Recorder Issac Scott Hathaway
Legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1946
HALF DOLLAR
E PLURIBUS UNUM
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
English translation
Image source Purzelgnom
Description Booker T. Washington bust right
Coin ½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial) United States of America reverse

Reverse

Recorder Issac Scott Hathaway
Legends BOOKER T. WASHINGTON BIRTHPLACE MEMORIAL
FROM SLAVE CABIN TO HALL OF FAME
IN GOD WE TRUST FRANKLIN COUNTY VA.
☆ LIBERTY ☆
English translation
Image source Purzelgnom
Description An image of the Hall of Fame at New York University and a log cabin.

Edge

Description Reeded
Emissions

1946

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 1.000.546
Suggested average value

1946

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 200.113
Mint mark D
Suggested average value

1946

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 500.729
Mint mark S
Suggested average value

1947

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 100.017
Suggested average value

1947

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 100.017
Mint mark D
Suggested average value

1947

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 100.017
Mint mark S
Suggested average value

1948

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 8.005
Suggested average value

1948

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 8.005
Mint mark D
Suggested average value

1948

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 8.005
Mint mark S
Suggested average value

1949

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 6.004
Suggested average value

1949

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 6.004
Mint mark D
Suggested average value

1949

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 6.004
Mint mark S
Suggested average value

1950

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 6.004
Suggested average value

1950

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 6.004
Mint mark D
Suggested average value

1950

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 512.091
Mint mark S
Suggested average value

1951

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 51.082
Suggested average value

1951

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 7.004
Mint mark D
Suggested average value

1951

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 7.004
Mint mark S
Suggested average value

1946

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 1.000.546
Comments 700,546 Red Book mintages
Suggested average value

1946

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 200.113
Mint mark D
Comments 50,000 Red Book mintages
Suggested average value

1946

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 500.729
Mint mark S
Comments 50,000 Red Book mintages
Suggested average value

1947

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 100.017
Comments 6,.000 Red Book mintages
Suggested average value

1947

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 100.017
Mint mark D
Comments 6,000 Red Book mintages
Suggested average value

1947

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 100.017
Mint mark S
Comments 6,000 Red Book mintages
Suggested average value

1950

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 512.091
Mint mark S
Comments 62,091 Red Book mintages
Suggested average value

1951

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 51.082
Comments 210,082 Red Book mintages
Suggested average value
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½ Dollar (Booker T. Washington Memorial)

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