½ Dollar (Elgin, Ill., Centennial)

Coin ½ Dollar (Elgin, Ill., Centennial) United States of America obverse
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Coin ½ Dollar (Elgin, Ill., Centennial) United States of America reverse
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General information

Name ½ Dollar (Elgin, Ill., Centennial)
Country United States of America
Issuer United States of America
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Face value Half Dollar
Period -
Issue period 1936
Commemorative reason -
Out of circulation? No
Thematic
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Technical information

Item type coin
Subtype non circulating coin
Material plain: Silver main (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter -
Thickness -
Format round
Alignment ↑↓

Comments

The 1936 Elgin Centennial Half Dollar was issued for the purpose of raising funds to construct a Pioneer Memorial Statue in Elgin, Illinois. The amount raised through the commemorative coin sales would ultimately fall short of the funds necessary to complete the project. The statue would eventually be completed and dedicated more than six decades later in 2001. The statue was designed by Trygve Rovelstad, who also designed the coins. Four adult pioneers and an infant are pictured, representing pioneers who settled the area in 1935. Although initially a maximum authorized mintage of 10,000 coins was sought, the enacted legislation called for 25,000 coins. This entire amount would be struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Distribution of the coins was handled by L.W. Hoffecker, whose handling of the 1935 Old Spanish Trail Commemorative had caused controversy. The coins were offered for $1.50 each. Ultimately 20,000 coins were sold and the rest were returned to the Mint for melting. The other 15 coins were assay coins.
Faces
Coin ½ Dollar (Elgin, Ill., Centennial) United States of America obverse

Obverse

Recorder Trygve Rovelstad
Legends PIONEER
IN GOD WE TRUST
1673-1936
English translation
Image source Sanjuro2020
Description The profile of a pioneer facing left. This is a detail view from one of the pioneers who appears on the reverse.
Coin ½ Dollar (Elgin, Ill., Centennial) United States of America reverse

Reverse

Recorder Trygve Rovelstad
Legends UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
LIBERTY
PIONEER-MEMORIAL - ELGIN, ILLINOIS
E.PLURIBUS.UNUM
HALF DOLLAR
English translation
Image source Sanjuro2020
Description Image of the Pioneer Memorial statue.

Edge

Description Reeded
Emissions

1936

Calendar Gregorian
Emissions 20.015

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