Illinois State Quarter

illinois-state-quarter1The Illinois State quarter was the first quarter released in 2003, and the 21st coin released in the 50 quarter series.  Date of release was January 2, 2003.

The reverse side features Abraham Lincoln, who served as the 16th President of the United States.  To his left is the inscription, “Land of Lincoln”.

On the upper left side of Lincoln sits a depiction of an Illinois farm, which represents the agricultural tradition of Illinois.

To the right of Lincoln’s figure lies a skyline of Chicago, which represents this major cities roll of business and industrial leadership for the state.

Illinois was the 21st state admitted to the union.  21 stars are depicted on the left and right edges of the coin, and the inscription, “21st State/Century” is placed directly below the Chicago skyline. “E Pluribus Unum”, and the coin’s date of mintage is at the bottom. The state name of Illinois, and its statehood date are at the top of the image.

6000 design submissions were received for the image; many from students of the state.  Governor George H. Ryan designated a 14 member commemorative coin committee for the second stage of image selection.  From there, five top designs were finally conceived, and the governor chose the Illinois State quarter you see today.

Coin Specifications for the Illinois State quarter:

  • Mintage: 225,800,000 Philadelphia, 237,400,000 Denver, 3,408,516 (San Francisco Clad Proof), 1,125,755 (San Francisco Silver Proof)
  • Coin Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (clad), 90% silver, 10% copper (silver proof)
  • Diameter: 24.26 mm
  • Weight: 5.67 grams
  • Thickness: 1.75 mm
  • Edge: Reeded

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