Illinois Illinois State Quarter

The U.S. State Quarter program was a great way to show off states' pride and personality while revamping the look of the quarter.

The Illinois State Quarter was released in 2003, the 5th year of the State Quarter program. Illinois was the 1st quarter released that year.

The official release date was January 2, 2003. State quarters were released in the order states joined the United States. As such, Illinois was the 21st State Quarter released.

Total mintage of the Illinois quarter was 463,200,000 which is worth a total of $115.80 million.

Illinois Quarter

The Illinois State Quarter. Released by the U.S. Mint on January 2, 2003.


Release Order 21st
Release Date Jan 2, 2003
Mintage 0.46 Billion
Caption Land of Lincoln; 21st state/century
Summary Young Abraham Lincoln; farm scene; Chicago skyline; state outline; 21 stars, 11 on left edge and 10 on right
Engraver Donna Weaver

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The Illinois State Quarter is a tribute the the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, who grew up in Illinois in the early 1800's.

The Illinois quarter has the outline of the state silhouetting an image of Lincoln walking proudly. Behind Lincoln you can see the log cabin and farm where Lincoln famously lived and the caption "Land of Lincoln."

There are 21 stars around the outside of the quarter and the caption "21st State - Century" alluding to the fact that Illinois was the 21st state to join the Union.

On the right side of the quarter you can see the Chicago skyline.

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