Illinois Bicentennial Coin

Illinois Bicentennial Coin

In 1818, Illinois became the 21st state admitted to the Union. December 3, 2018 will mark the State’s 200th anniversary. For two centuries, the Prairie State has been a national and international crossroad, from the days of Cahokia’s mound builders to being a current hub of innovation, creativity, and industrial output. The Bicentennial of our statehood is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many cultural, political, economic, and academic contributions that Illinois and its residents have made to the nation and the world.

The Illinois Treasurer’s Office helped lead the Bicentennial Coin Contest.

Hayden Schumer of Chatham, Il. is the winner of the Bicentennial Coin Contest. The design was one of five finalists voted on by the public. The winning design will be minted in silver on one side of the coin and distributed to commemorate the Illinois Bicentennial. The back of the coin will feature the state seal.

Schumer is a graduate of Glenwood High School in Chatham, Il. He recently graduated from Lincoln Land Community College with a degree in graphic design. He is pursing a degree in communications at the University of Illinois at Springfield this Fall.

Schumer titled his design “The First 200” and said it depicted “Illinois’ strong, vibrant history.” The design features President Abraham Lincoln and multiple geographical features and landmarks in Illinois.

Visit the Illinois State Treasurer’s website to pre-order your Bicentennial Coin.

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