This coin is in uncirculated shape, and I’d tentatively grade it between MS61 and MS63. I bought it at a “We Buy Gold” bullion dealer in San Diego along with a handful of other commemorative half dollars.
The obverse shows two faces in profile, looking to the right. More than half of the area is filled with text, arranged in two rings around the inside of the rim. From 9:00 to 3:00, the outer ring reads clockwise “* United States of America*” From 9:00 to 3:00, the outer ring reads counterclockwise “In God We Trust * E Pluribus Unum”. The inner ring reads clockwise from 7:00 to 5:00 “George W Carver Liberty Booker T. Washington” and counterclockwise from 7:00 to 5:00 “Half Dollar”. The date (1952) is horizontal, between the W and the C in Carver.
On the reverse, there’s a map of the lower 48 states with “U. S. A.” across the state dividing lines. The legend clockwise from 8:00 to 4:00 reads “FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL” and counterclockwise from 8:00 to 4:00 “**AMERICANISM**”.
Identification code: KM-200
Mint Mark: n/a (Philadelphia)
Country of origin: US
Composition: 90% Silver, 10% copper
Weight: 12.5g (0.3617 oz ASW)
Other details: 3 coin sets of the commemorative Washington-Carver coins with mintages of roughly 8k to 12k each were produced every year from 1951 through 1954, with large quantities struck of the 1951(P), 1952(P), 1953-S and 1954-S coins for sale individually. When the program expired in 1954, not a lot of people were upset. Long series runs of commemoratives had exhausted collectors, and many felt that such multiple-year runs were a money grab by the mint. In this case, it ended up being unsuccessful and losing money – and this was compounded by financial improprieties in the society working on building memorials.
As a result, there was a long gap until commemoratives were again struck by the mint (resuming again with the 1982 George Washington Half Dollar). The Booker T. Washington and Washington-Carver Halves were among the least desired, with many thousands returned to the Mint for melting. Thousands more were sold to speculators at just slightly above face value. The banks that had bought them from the mint for distribution liquidated most of their holdings by 1965.
Estimated Value: $20 in MS61 with silver at ~$19/oz.