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Commems Collection: 1918 Illinois Statehood Centennial

 
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 Posted 04/02/2012  7:56 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Back again tonight after a one-day hiatus... I felt yesterday should be all about nickelsearcher and his milestone achievement of completing his MS type set. Congrats nickelsearcher!

We're going to leave New England tonight (but we'll be back!) and head to the Midwest for a few days with our first stop being a 1918 Illinois Statehood Centennial half-dollar coin in PCGS MS-65.

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Lincoln's portrait on the obverse was the work of George Morgan; it is based on the statue created by Andrew O'Connor that was presented to the public in 1918 in time for the Illinois Centennial. John Sinnock created the powerful, left-facing eagle seen on the reverse.

O'Connor's statue captures a young President-elect Abraham Lincoln (circa 1861) just before he left Illinois for Washington, DC to begin his leadership of the US. The beardless portrait is not the first image of Lincoln most folks think of, but I believe the statue's (and coin's) well-executed design captures Lincoln's unmistakable physical character. The statue is located outside of the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois.

With 100,000 coins minted, finding a nice Illinois (or as others refer to it "Lincoln") shouldn't prove to be very difficult, even at higher grades -- you needn't settle for a dull coin that lacks nice surfaces and luster.

The example shown is a nice original brilliant example with flashy cartwheel luster and just the slightest hint of golden toning on the reverse between 3:00 and 6:00 o'clock at the rim.

Enjoy!


1918 Illinois Statehood Centennial -- Obverse




1918 Illinois Statehood Centennial -- Reverse


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 Posted 04/02/2012  9:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add halfhunter to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another great Illionos coin. Nice thanks for sharing.
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I thought it might be appropriate to post a photo of the original artwork, take note of the date stamp

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One of my favorite designs...
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 Posted 04/03/2012  4:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I felt yesterday should be all about nickelsearcher and his milestone achievement of completing his MS type set. Congrats nickelsearcher!


Ahhhh ... you are too kind! I'll soon be embarrassed that I even mentioned it.

Another lovely coin commems ... and one of my top-10 favorites in the set. I've always enjoyed the 'young Lincoln' obverse by George T Morgan ... and IMHO John Sinnock eagle on the reverse is a true work of coinage art.

Fully support your observation that many (most) MS examples today are fully lustrous and 'frosty' ... no need to settle for a dull or dipped coin on this example.

The coin is also necessary for any collector aspiring to put together a complete set of USA coinage featuring images of Abe ... anyone care to list the others?


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take note of the date stamp


Thanks for the photo bio ... I have never seen that statue in person ... and note the date stamp on Lincoln's 200th Birthday. Nice touch to the thread.

Keep 'em coming commems ... I am enjoying all the coins and your succinct and insightful commentary.

David

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Amazing coin!
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nice coin that I a good one
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A list of Lincolns you say...

How about:

1) 1909-1958 Lincoln Cent, Wheat Ears Reverse
2) 1918 Illinois Statehood Centennial Half-Dollar
3) 1959-2008 Lincoln Cent, Memorial Reverse
4) 1991 Mount Rushmore Half-Dollar
5) 1991 Mount Rushmore Silver Dollar
6) 1991 Mount Rushmore Half-Eagle
7) 2003 Illinois Statehood Quarter
8) 2006 South Dakota Statehood Quarter
9) 2009 Lincoln Cent, Birth & Childhood Reverse
10) 2009 Lincoln Cent, Formative Years Reverse
11) 2009 Lincoln Cent, Professional Life Reverse
12) 2009 Lincoln Cent, Presidency Reverse
13) 2009 Silver Dollar
14) 2010 Presidential dollar

I tried to go from memory, but I think I got most of them!
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 Posted 04/03/2012  7:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Knowledgeable numismatists like you commems are why I enjoy hanging out here.

I missed the 2006 South Dakota Statehood Quarter on my personal list of 'Lincolns' ...

I have all but the three Mount Rushmore commemorative in my collection ... someday I'll pursue the modern set and seal the deal with Mr. Lincoln.

Well done indeed from memory.

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Very impressive coin and I really like the young Abe look.
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