1064249 | UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 1920 AR Half Dollar. PCGS MS66. By Anthony De Francisci. U.S. Mint, Philadelphia. Arms of the State of Maine / Legend within wreath. KM 146.
Commemorative Coinage. Maine Centennial. While Maine was settled by French colonists as early as 1604, it wasn't until March 15th, 1820 that Maine became the 23rd state. 100 years later, Maine Representative John Peters sought the striking of a coin to commemorate the anniversary. With little debate on the subject, Congress authorized the mintage of up to 100,000 Maine Centennial half dollars on May 10th, 1920. Proceeds for the sale were to be used to help defray the costs of the centennial celebrations to be held in the state capital Portland. The Philadelphia Mint struck 50,000 Maine halves in the late summer of 1920, but unfortunately they arrived after the Centennial Celebration in Portland. However, about half of that mintage was sold by the State Treasurer before the end of 1920. No further coins were struck, and by 1929, all 50,000 of the coins on hand had been distributed.
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