Commemorative Half Dollar Coin Featuring George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington, 1953

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

1953

Creators

United States. Bureau of the Mint 

Hathaway, Isaac Scott, 1874-1967 

Place of Creation

United States, California, San Francisco 

Creator Notes

Designed by Isaac Scott Hathaway and produced by the United States Mint in San Francisco, California.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

53.44.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Silver (Metal)

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.188 in

Inscriptions

obverse: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA*IN GOD WE TRUST*E PLURIBUS / GEORGE W. CARVER LIBERTY BOOK T. WASHINGTON reverse: U.S.A. / FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL **AMERICANISM**

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