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US 50 cents commemorative coins

Maine Centennial half dollar

Code : KM# 146

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The Maine Centennial Half Dollar was released in 1920 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Maine’s admission into the Union.

The obverse of the Maine Centennial half dollar depicts the arms of Maine, based on the state''s seal. At its center is a shield with a pine tree, sunken incuse into the coin, and below the tree a moose, lying down. The shield is flanked by two male figures, one bearing a scythe and representing Agriculture; the other, supporting an anchor, represents Commerce. Above the shieldis the legend Dirigo, Latin for "I direct", and above that a five-pointed star. Below the shield is a scroll with the state''s name. Near the rim are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR.

The reverse contains a wreath of pine needles and cones (Maine is known as the Pine Tree State) around MAINE CENTENNIAL 1820–1920 as well as the various mottoes required by law to be present on the coinage.

Mint: Philadelphia

Designer:
Anthony de Francisci, based on sketches by an unknown artist.