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1918 Illinois centennial half

Boy those Lincoln 50 center's sure are popular ain't they. Couldn't find anything in my price range that I wanted. No prob on a nice 1925 Stone Mountain and 1893 Columbian. I got one of each of those for the cost of the 1918.

I do love that 1918 centennial though. Excellent design obverse and reverse!

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    U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,613 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The Columbian and Stone Mountain both had mintages over 1 million while the Lincoln was closer to 100,000. That is part of the reason for the price difference. The Columbus also had examples enter circulation.

    If you are comfortable with an MS 63-64 Lincoln, a nice one can be found in the $130-$175 range if you are patient.

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,485 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The Columbian and Store Mountain commemorative half dollars were made in very large quantites, well of 1 million pieces for each issue, and the coins didn't sell were released into circulation. The mintage was only a little over 100,000 for the Lincoln - Illinois. Therefore it sells for more.

    When you do buy one, look for at least an MS-64. Currently that only about $10 per grading point from MS-60 to 63, so why not gett something nicer for not that much more money?

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    BroadstruckBroadstruck Posts: 30,497 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 29, 2017 6:50AM

    That's also a good issue to buy slabbed if it's your first time shopping for one many survivors like have been extremely over dipped or polished.

    Back in the late 1980's to mid 90's this was a tough issue to find on the browse floor non molested.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Broadstruck..... Good to see you back...
    The Illinois half can be elusive due to mintage... There are copies out there, so proceed with caution. Cheers, RickO

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    BillDugan1959BillDugan1959 Posts: 3,821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Midwestern hearsay - some bank in Springfield, Illinois retained 10,000 of these pieces from 1918 to about 1931. When the nationwide financial crisis started to pinch in Springfield, these coins were pressed into service making the daily clearings/settlements between the four or five local banks (and one bank busted big time, another was only saved when their biggest shareholders dug up nearly every last dime of their own money to shore up the bank). After that, those 1918 coins kinda disappear into the woodwork. Some of today's circulated specimens may have orginated from this source. IIRC, Arlie Slabaugh stated something similar in the commemorative coins book that Whitman published in the mid-1970s.

    About 25 years ago, a group of 175 nice Lincoln/Illinois commemorative surfaced in Springfield or Jacksonville, Illinois. Reportedly, a bank trust department was handling the sale. A couple of local dealers took their best shot, but I was told the coins went out to California. Two different dealers related this story to me at the time.

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    291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,944 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The Illinois bicentennial is next year. Look for an uptick in interest, perhaps even a mini-promotion by some Illinois based dealer(s). The Illinois Centennial coin is quite handsome and should appeal to the general public as well as collectors.

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    BillDugan1959BillDugan1959 Posts: 3,821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    True that the statehood bicentennial is next year, but where would you get enough coins for an efficient promotion?

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    Wabbit2313Wabbit2313 Posts: 7,268 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Justacommeman said:
    One of my favorite designs also. m

    Mark, that coin is SWEET!

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    ECHOESECHOES Posts: 2,974 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Justacommeman said:
    One of my favorite designs also. m

    Me too...

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    291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,944 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BillDugan1959 said:
    True that the statehood bicentennial is next year, but where would you get enough coins for an efficient promotion?

    You would have to have been accumulating them in recent years with a 2018 promotion in mind. Given the depressed state of the commemorative coin market that may not have been a particularly difficult task.

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    SaorAlbaSaorAlba Posts: 7,481 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have to admit, the 1918 Illinois half is one of my favourites also.

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    PTVETTERPTVETTER Posts: 5,882 ✭✭✭✭✭

    that was and still a great coin

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    claychaserclaychaser Posts: 4,405 ✭✭✭✭

    @Justacommeman said:
    One of my favorite designs also. m

    That coin is stunning!



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    illini420illini420 Posts: 11,466 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yeah, I sort of like these too :)

    :+1:

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