Illinois Centennial Half Dollar

Commemorative Coins
  • Year of Issue: 1918
  • Authorizing Legislation: Public Law 65-163

Background

The Illinois Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1918 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the admission of Illinois into the Union.

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Characteristics

The obverse design features a a low relief portrait of President Lincoln taken from the heroic statue that was unveiled at Springfield, Illinois, in August 1918. The statue was by the American sculptor Andrew O'Connor.

The reverse design is based on the Illinois State Seal.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • CENTENNIAL OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • LIBERTY
  • 1918

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • STATE SOVEREIGNTY NATIONAL UNION
  • HALF DOLLAR

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse
  • Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse
  • Designer: John Sinnock
Content last reviewed December 21, 2016