1951 P-D-S Carver-Washington Set Half Dollars

SUMMARY OF CHARACTERISTICS

Commemorating: The lives and accomplishments of George Washington Carver and
Booker T. Washington
Obverse motif: Portraits of George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington
Reverse motif: Map of the United States
Authorization date: September 21, 1951
Date on coins: 1951
Date when coins were actually minted: 1951
Mints used: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco
Maximum quantity authorized: 3,415,631 (total for all issues 1951 onward; consisting of 1,581,631 undistributed Booker T. Washington coins which could be converted into' Carver-Washington coins, plus the unused quantity 1,834,000 earlier authorized for Booker T. Washington coins)
Total quantity minted (including assay coins): 110,018 Philadelphia, 10,004 Denver, 10,004 San Francisco
Assay coins (included in above): 18 Philadelphia, 4 Denver, 4 San Francisco
Quantity melted: 90,000 (author's estimate, see note) Philadelphia, none (author's estimate) Denver, none (author's estimate) San Francisco
Net number distributed (including assay coins): 20,018 more or less (author's estimate) Philadelphia, 10,004 (author's estimate) Denver, 10,004 (author's estimate) San Francisco
Issued by: Carver-Washington Coin Commission acting for the Booker T. Washington Birthplace Memorial Foundation (Booker Washington Birthplace, Virginia) and the George Washington Carver National Monument Foundation (Diamond, Missouri); 1,000 or more sets were distributed by Stack's, 12 West 46th Street, New York City, N.Y.; additional sets (quantity unknown) were distributed by Bebee Stamp & Coin Company, 1180 East 63rd Street, Chicago, Illinois; and R. Green, 180 West Washington St., Chicago, Illinois; among others
Standard original packaging: Cellophane envelopes within paper envelopes; (Many sets of three were sold with each coin housed in a cellophane envelope with a glued seam; the three cellophane envelopes were stapled together to form a set. Cellophane envelopes were also used by the Philadelphia Mint at the time for Proof sets of regular-issue coins and had been used earlier for some of the Booker T. Washington commemorative sets.) one-coin Christmas cards in two varieties (one with a winter scene, the other with Santa Claus climbing into a helicopter) from The Carver-Washington Americanism Commission (these cards also used in la years later
Official sale price: $10 per set of three
Designer of obverse and reverse: Isaac Scott Hathaway
Interesting facts: The Carver-Washington sets, with their multiplicity of varieties, were a rerun of the largely unsuccessful Booker T. Washington issues of 1946-1951; on the map of the U.S. on the reverse of the coin Delaware was omitted.

Notes: After distribution of the 1951-1954 Carver-Washington sets was discontinued, 1,091,198 went to the melting pot. As was the case with the melted Booker T. Washington half dollars as well, no records were kept of the specific quantities melted. The figures given here are the author's estimates based upon frequency of market appearance and with the hypothesis that none of the lower-mintage issues were melted (thus the melting quantity is distributed among the 1951 Philadelphia, 1952 Philadelphia, 1953 San Francisco, and 1954 San Francisco coins). It may have been the case that some of the lower-mintage coins were melted as well. Large numbers of these higher-mintage issues were placed into circulation for face value. All estimates are approximate (specific figures are given as such in order to equal the precise total quantity minted of a specific issue; a figure such as 20,018, more or less, could just as well be 19,000, or 21,000, etc.). Refer to the Swiatek-Breen book for another set of estimates.

MARKET INDEX

(average market prices)

1955 MS-60 or slightly better $8
1960 MS-60 or slightly better $11
1965 MS-60 or slightly better $16
1970 MS-60 or slightly better $12
1975 MS-60 or slightly better $50
1980 MS-60 or slightly better $115
1985 MS-60 or slightly better $125
1986 MS-60 $90, MS-63 $130, MS-64 $255, MS-65 $700
1990 (spring) MS-60 $58, MS-63 $60, MS-64 $115, MS-65 $700
1990 (December) MS-60 $60, MS-63 $62, MS-64 $67, MS-65 $450

1952 P-D-S Carver-Washington Set Half Dollars

SUMMARY OF CHARACTERISTICS

(Also see preceding listing)
Authorization date: September 21, 1951
Date on coins: 1952
Date when coins were actually minted: 1952
Mints used: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco
Maximum quantity authorized: 3,415,631 (total for all issues 1951 onward)
Total quantity minted (including assay coins): 2,006,292 Philadelphia, 8,006 Denver, 8,006 San Francisco
Assay coins (included in above): 292 Philadelphia, 6 Denver, 6 San Francisco
Quantity melted: 900,000 (author's estimate) Philadelphia, none (author's estimate) Denver, none (author's estimate) San Francisco
Net number distributed (including assay coins): 1,106,292 more or less (author's estimate) Philadelphia, 8,006 (author's estimate) Denver, 8,006 (author's estimate) San Francisco
Issued by: Carver-Washington Coin Commission acting for the Booker T. Washington Birthplace Memorial Foundation (Booker Washington Birthplace, Virginia) and the George Washington Carver National Monument Foundation (Diamond, Missouri); 1,000 or more sets were distributed by Stack's, 12 West 46th Street, New York City, N.Y.; (In the 1950s principals in the firm of Stack's were founders Joseph B. and Morton M. and their sons, Benjamin, Harvey G., and Norman C. Another founder, Shirley Stack, had retired by that time.) plus unknown quantities distributed by Bebee Stamp & Coin Company, 1180 East 63rd Street, Chicago, Illinois; and R. Green, 180 West Washington St., Chicago, Illinois; among others
Standard original packaging; Paper and cellophane envelopes; one-coin Christmas cards
Official sale price: $10 per set of three; many Philadelphia coins were sold at or near face value through banks