½ Dollar State of Illinois Anniversary

½ Dollar (State of Illinois Anniversary) - obverse½ Dollar (State of Illinois Anniversary) - reverse

© Jacob A. McCollum


Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1918
Value ½ Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.61 mm
Thickness 2.15 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 4397
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 143
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
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Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of the State of Illinois


Head of Abraham Lincoln taken from the statue by Andrew O'Connor in Springfield, Illinois.

Script: Latin


Engraver: George T. Morgan Read more on Wikipedia

George T. Morgan was an English United States Mint engraver, who is famous for designing many popular coins, such as the Morgan dollar, and the Columbian half dollar.


Based on Illinois State Seal. An eagle is depicted with one talon on a shield and a ribbon in its beak. The ribbon contains the words “State Sovereignty National Union”.

Script: Latin


Engraver: J.R. Sinnock




Representing the first commemorative coin to sell the full maximum authorized mintage, the 1918 Illinois Centennial Half Dollar depicting Abraham Lincoln was immediately popular with collectors and the public.  This commemorative silver half dollar would be the first of many issued to mark the anniversaries of states, counties, and municipalities throughout America.

As mentioned, the entire authorized mintage of 100,000 coins was sold with none returned to the Mint for melting. The final mintage is listed as 100,058 to include the 58 coins struck for assay purposes. The coins were sold to the public for $1 each by the Illinois Centennial Commission.

Today, the 1918 Illinois Centennial “Lincoln” Half Dollar represents one of the most popular classic commemorative coins due to the depiction of Lincoln by George T. Morgan.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1918  100 058 $ 97 $ 140 $ 170

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