Commemorative Half Dollar Coin Featuring George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington, 1952

Summary

The second U.S. coin commemorating African Americans featured two Tuskegee Institute educators, president Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), and agricultural scientist, George W. Carver (early 1860s-1943). The U.S. Mint commissioned African-American sculptor and artist Isaac Scott Hathaway to design the coin. Issued from 1951 to 1954, the inscription on the back emphasized patriotism and individual liberty amid growing Cold War tensions.

The second U.S. coin commemorating African Americans featured two Tuskegee Institute educators, president Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), and agricultural scientist, George W. Carver (early 1860s-1943). The U.S. Mint commissioned African-American sculptor and artist Isaac Scott Hathaway to design the coin. Issued from 1951 to 1954, the inscription on the back emphasized patriotism and individual liberty amid growing Cold War tensions.

Artifact

Coin (Money)

Date Made

1952

Creators

United States. Bureau of the Mint 

Hathaway, Isaac Scott, 1874-1967 

Place of Creation

United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 

Creator Notes

Designed by Isaac Scott Hathaway and produced by the United States Mint in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

71.101.273

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of John L. Booth.

Material

Silver (Metal)
Copper (Metal)

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.188 in

Inscriptions

"UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GEORGE W. CARVER LIBERTY BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HALF DOLLAR" "FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL AMERICANISM"

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