Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 100,000
Catalog: KM-143
Obverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.28 (8/28/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1918 LINCOLN-ILLINOIS 50C MS obverse 1918 LINCOLN-ILLINOIS 50C MS reverse


  
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In 1918, the state of Illinois looked to honor their centennial year with the issuance of a coin. As opposed to many other commemorative issues in the classic commemorative series, the funds raised were actually used for their intended purpose, which was to help fund the centennial celebrations in the state. The legislation which authorized the coin was passed on June 1st, 1918 and called for the coining of not more than 100,000 half dollars in honor of the state’s centennial.

As the centennial year was already nearly half over, the design of the coin had to be completed quickly. Therefore, there were two designers; one to design the obverse, and the other for the reverse. Mint Chief Engraver George T. Morgan (of Morgan dollar fame) sculpted the obverse, while his newly-hired assistant John R. Sinnock completed the reverse. The obverse depicts a masterfully completed portrait of a young Abraham Lincoln (who spent his formative and early adult years in the state.) On the periphery of the obverse is CENTENNIAL OF THE STATE OF ILLIONOIS. Behind Lincoln’s head is the motto IN GOD WE TRUST and to his right LIBERTY is found. Finally, the date 1918 is seen below. The reverse of the coin was just as beautifully rendered. It’s a slightly altered state seal of Illinois; a defiant eagle is perched upon a rocky mound and the federal shield, clutching in its beak a banner inscribed with the Illinois motto STATE SOVEREIGNTY NATIONAL UNION. A rising sun is at right, while an olive branch passes behind the shield. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR are arranged peripherally around the reverse. The motto E PLURIBUS UNUM appears above the sun in small letters to complete the design.

All 100,000 of the coins authorized were coined, and about 70,000 were distributed during the centennial year. However, even with those strong sales, at least 30,000 coins remained, as that number was discovered in just one Illinois bank during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Bank Holiday of 1933. Most of those halves were sold to dealers at a small premium over face value, while the remaining coins placed into circulation. Therefore, the net mintage of this coin is the full authorized mintage of 100,000 coins.

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Last Updated: 7/24/2015

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1918 LINCOLN-ILLINOIS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - 70.00 95.00 115 120 125 130 135 150 160 170 240 550 875 2600 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 190 375 660 1300 6500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4226
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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2/9/2000 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1269, 1269/Lot# 1698 $490.50
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 1575 $603.75
3/4/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131211/Lot# 29178 $126.50
8/12/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/12/2012, 35/Lot# 46251 $506.00
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 66   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20038/Lot# 1262 $596.00
3/4/2013 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3420, 3420/Lot# 2488 $130.00
4/28/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131319/Lot# 21271 $153.93
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 1011 $210.00
4/28/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20715 $602.78


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 LINCOLN-ILLINOIS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2052272482723514094124234374504634775025275517051206158328073991900516138
2122342562983704104164284414544684855105356028721332199132025662113830
000000416428441454468485510535602872133219913202566200
0000004194324464594724945195436541039145723993596733400
1918 LINCOLN-ILLINOIS 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333331152202302372482552652723484879491223264344031016518248
33333401502232322402502582672973946411040169632296323128590
000000150223232240250258267297394641104016963229632300
000000185226234244252261269322440795113121693816824400
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5662
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 68
Points: 5662
Owner: Richard Schultz
 
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