Illinois is one among the 50 states in the United States of America, situated in the Midwestern part of the country. Illinois is the fifth most heavily populated and twenty-fifth most wide-ranging state in the country. The state is often renowned as a microcosm of the whole nation. The state is bordered by Chicago in its northeast. It is also famous for great agricultural productivity and small industrial cities, located in its central and northern parts. Illinois is rich in natural resources, such as timber, coal, and petroleum in the south and it has a varied economic base and is a chief transportation center.
Coin of the Illinois State Quarter
The first memorial quarter-dollar coin of the Illinois State Quarter released during 2003 honors the Illinois state, and is the 21st coin in the admired 50 State Quarters Program of the America’s Mint. Illinois was incorporated into the union on the 3rd of December 1818, and the state has turned out to be the 21st state, incorporated into the Union. By means of the statehood status, the Illinois State is nicknamed as "Land of Lincoln."
Design of the coin
The design of the coin of the Illinois State Quarter portrays a juvenile Abraham Lincoln picture inside the outline of the state. The skyline of Chicago and a ranch scene appear to the right and on the left of the outline of the state. The coin is bordered by 21 stars, suggesting the Illinois State as the 21st state to be incorporated into the Union. The coin also includes writings, such as “Illinois”, “1818“and “2003 E PLURIBUS UNUM". The reverse of the Illinois quarter coin features the writing “Land of Lincoln”, which is the nickname of the Illinois State.
The coin of the Illinois State Quarter was released on the 2nd of January 2003 and it was engraved by Donna Weaver. The coin is designed with the standard weight of 5.670 grams, with the diameter of 0.955 inches (24.26mm) and a thickness of 0.068 inches (1.75 mm). The composition of the Delaware State Quarter is dressed with the Cuprous-Nickel alloy, with the proportion of 91.67% of Copper and 8.33% of Nickel.
The Prairie State is also commonly called the "Land of Lincoln," pays honor to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. The youthful Lincoln survived and practiced law in Springfield earlier than becoming one among the greatest leaders of America. The historic home of Lincoln, the funeral site and the novel presidential library are all situated in the Springfield neighborhood.
Some of the famous celebrities who were born in the state of Illinois include Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of America during the period 1809-1865, Black Hawk, the chief of the Sauk and Fox war during the period 1767-1838, Louis Jolliet, the renowned Canadian Explorator, lived during the period 1645-1700, and George Rogers Clark, the brave soldier and surveyor, lived during the period 1752-1818.
Tourist attractions of Illinois
Illinois State is crowded with historic places, such as the Cahokia Mounds, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Fort de Chartres, and the Old State Capitol State Historic Site.
Tourists who come to the Illinois State Quarter can take pleasure in a number of tourist attractions, including Six Flags Great America, Navy Pier, Scovill Zoo and Park Complex, A Murder on the Train and the Paddlewheel River Boat Excursions.
The only city spotlight available in the Illinois State Quarter is Chicago.