My offering this evening is an example of the 1920 Maine Statehood Centennial half-dollar in PCGS
MS-66. Maine separated from Massachusetts and became its own state (the Union's 23rd) on 15 March 1820.
The obverse of the coin is basically the Seal of the State of Maine, while the reverse features simple commemorative inscriptions within a pine wreath. The design was the work of a group planning the state's centennial celebrations, Anthony de Francisci of Peace dollar
fame created the sculpted models for the dies. The design was panned at the time, with a recommendation by the Commission of Fine Arts to not use it for the coin. Politics won out in the end and the coin was struck essentially as designed. (For a quick, online discussion of the design "controversy" see the following: http://www.PCGScoinguide.com/displa...tegoryid=800
) Note: The word "Dirigo" on the Seal is Latin for "I Lead."Read More: Commems Collection
Maine's centennial celebrations were held in Portland in 1920, but, unfortunately, the coin's celebrating the event were not struck in time to be available for the event. The coins were later distributed by the State Treasurer's office. A total of 100,000 coins were authorized, but only the original delivery of 50,000 was requested.
The coin shown is another blast-white example with flashy luster.
Enjoy!1920 Maine -- Obverse1920 Maine -- Reverse