The Elgin, Illinois, Centennial half dollar was a fifty-cent
commemorative coin issued by the U.S. Bureau of the Mint in 1936, part
of the wave of commemoratives authorized by Congress and struck that
year. Intended to commemorate the centennial of the founding of Elgin,
the piece was designed by local sculptor Trygve Rovelstad. The obverse
depicts an idealized head of a pioneer man. The reverse shows a grouping
of pioneers, and is based upon a sculptural group that Rovelstad hoped
to build as a memorial to those who settled Illinois, but which was not
erected in his lifetime. He hoped that the coin would both depict and be
a source of funds for the memorial. Texas coin dealer L.W. Hoffecker,
who assisted Rovelstad, was able to sell about 20,000 coins, four-
fifths of the issue: the remaining 5,000 were returned to the Mint for
melting. Unlike many commemorative coins of that era, the piece was not
bought up by dealers and speculators, but was sold directly to
collectors at the issue price. Art historian Cornelius Vermeule
considered the Elgin coin among the most outstanding American
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--W. Somerset Maugham
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