The 1946 Booker T Washington half dollars have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver commemorative coins.

1946 Booker T Washington Half Dollar

1946 Booker T Washington Half Dollar Reverse


Type: Commemorative Half Dollar
Year: 1946
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .36169 oz.
Total Weight: 12.5 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $9.46

This coin was issued to commemorative the life and teachings of Booker T. Washington, who was an African American civil rights leader. The sale of this special edition coin raised money to purchase and maintain his birthplace in Virginia.

The US minted the 1946 Booker T Washington half dollar with no mint mark and also the 1946 D Booker T Washington half dollar and the 1946 S Booker T Washington half dollar. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin underneath the log cabin.

There were a large number of these coins released, but many of them were melted down or found their way into circulation.

Series Location Distribution
1946 Philadelphia 700,546
1946 D Denver 50,000
1946 S San Francisco 500,279


This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $9.46 as of April 22, 2021. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $26.15 per ounce.

These coins were sold in sets of all three series, so the most accurate prices are per set. In uncirculated condition sets of these 1946 coins sell for around the following: $60 with an MS 60 grade, $75 with an MS 63 grade, $180 with an MS 65 grade, and $425 with an MS 66 grade.

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See also:

1946 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
1945 Half Dollar
1944 Half Dollar