1936 Elgin Centennial Half Dollar

Although the 1936 Elgin Centennial Half Dollar was conceived partly to commemorate the founding of Elgin, Illinois, this theme is not readily appar...

December 26, 2022
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Although the 1936 Elgin Centennial Half Dollar was conceived partly to commemorate the founding of Elgin, Illinois, this theme is not readily apparent when studying its design: Nowhere does it make reference to the actual centennial dates of 1835-1935. In truth, the centennial of Elgin was subordinate to the more urgent goal of this coin in raising funds for the completion of the Pioneer Memorial sculpture depicted on its reverse. This well-intentioned campaign was only marginally successful, however, and sculptor Trygve A.

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