U.S. 1946-1951 Booker T. Washington Silver Half Dollar, MS-63. The first coin to honor an African-American, it emerged when many blacks were returning from service in World War II, including the Tuskegee pilots from the college founded by Booker T. Washington in Alabama in 1881. Isaac Scott Hathaway created the coin's distinguished bust of Dr. Washington, based on a life mask. The reverse renders the log cabin in Virginia where he was born into slavery in 1856, together with the New York University Hall of Fame, where the bust of Washington is displayed.
U.S. 1951-1954 Washington & Carver Silver Half Dollar, MS-63. This last commemorative in the classic U.S. 1892-1954 half dollar series was issued in a period when black Americans were genuinely making headway in society. The armed forces had been completely integrated and color barriers in professional sports were breaking. Shown are profiles of black educator Booker T. Washington and scientist George Washington Carver. On the reverse is a map of the U.S.A. with the inscriptions Freedom and Opportunity for All and Americanism. Premium Brilliant Uncirculated MS-63 quality.