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Commems Collection: 1920 Maine Statehood Centennial

 
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 Posted 03/31/2012  9:13 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
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."

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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 -- Obverse




1920 Maine -- Reverse


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 Posted 03/31/2012  10:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ArrowsAndRays to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a fantastic example of a great coin!
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Having visited Maine a few times (lovely State) ... I understand all the Pine tree/Pine bough images on this coin.

Very nice example Commems. I'm enjoying as well you concise summary for each coin.

Looking forward to your future offerings.

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 Posted 04/02/2012  1:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice!

This is the first time that I have really looked at this design. Thank your for sharing this (as well as the others, of course).
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 Posted 04/02/2012  3:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I really like the detail to the cones on the wreath.
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Very nice coin! My first time ever seeing this commem. Not one of the ones that gets mentioned much.
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Love It!
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