Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver Coins and Controversy

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In prior posts I have presented a few basics about the Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver Commemorative coin and it’s designer Issac Scott Hathaway. But this post will look at some of the controversy I have learned about.

I have learned that :

  • The advocate for the coin legislation was accused of misappropriation of funds.
  • Issac Scott Hathaway’s initial creative designs for the George Washington and Booker T. Washington coin was rejected.
  • The legislation for the George Washington and Booker T. Washington coins (1951-1954) indicated that the funds from the sale of the coin were to prevent “Negros” from becoming communists.
  • The word “Americanism” on the back of the Carver-Washington coin indicates the political intent of the coin.
  • Many of the unsold Booker T. Washington coins were melted to form the combination Carver-Washington coin.

Take time to read more information about some of these facts by clicking the links below.

Type Set Coin Collecting

US Rare Coin Collecting

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