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2003 Illinois Proof Quarter - San Francisco Mint
2003 Illinois Proof Quarter - San Francisco Mint


 
Our Price: $2.49
Year: 2003
Mint(s): San Francisco
Composition: Cupro-Nickel Clad
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Mintage: 3,408,516


Product Code: 22329
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Description
 
In December 1997, America's most adventurous coin program became a reality when President Clinton signed legislation authorizing the U.S. Mint to issue the innovative 50 State Quarters collection. Starting in January 1999, each of the 50 states in the Union will be honored on a unique Quarter Dollar commemorative coin. Five states were featured each year, based on the order in which they ratified the Constitution or became states. On the front, otherwise known as the obverse, the mintmarks can be found to the right of George Washington's portrait. The small "S" indicates San Francisco Mint.
The Illinois State Quarter is the first of five State Quarters to be issued in 2003. Illinois is the 21st state, so this is the 21st coin in the series. The coin features Abraham Lincoln as a young man within an outline map of the state. Illinois is known informally as the Land of Lincoln, a slogan that also appears on the coin. The design is completed by a farm scene to represent the states agricultural heritage and the Chicago skyline to symbolize the importance of the city to Illinois history and culture. The 21 stars that surround the design denote Illinois as the 21st state, while the inscription 21st State/Century celebrates Illinois place in American History from its admission to statehood through the 21st century.

Each coin is encapsulated - please keep the coins in their protective coin holder to maintain their condition.

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