Uncovering America's Heritage... Coin by Coin
2003 Illinois Quarter
Nero the Mint Police Dog here. Happy 2003! I get to start the new year with a new quarter! The Illinois quarter is new this month...but it's a great coin for January for other reasons. For example:
Once the House and the Senate had passed the amendment, all that was left was for most of the states to "ratify" it—that is, to vote in favor of it. And Illinois was the first state to ratify the amendment. The 13th amendment became part of the Constitution the following December, Lincoln's proudest achievement as President.
Lincoln was born in Kentucky and he lived in Indiana for a time. He spent most of his life in Illinois and served in the Illinois legislature before becoming President in 1860 and being reelected in 1864.