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Maine Centennial Half Dollar (1820-1920)

1920 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 struck silver 1 1/4 in. (3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci 1966.51.79 Not currently on view


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Congress approved this commemorative half-dollar for the centennial of the state of Maine in 1920. Monmouth, Maine, artist Harry Cochrane provided drawings of the proposed coin design, and Anthony de Francisci was then asked by the Commission of Fine Arts to prepare relief models from which the mint could make dies and strike coins. The obverse shows the state's coat of arms depicting a pine tree, "the pride of her forests," and a moose, symbolizing liberty and the spirit of independence. A farmer with a scythe and a sailor holding an anchor represent the land and sea of Maine. The Latin motto Dirigo---"I Direct" or "I Guide"---refers to the North Star and to Maine as a leader in the union of states.

Keywords

Emblem - seal

Figure group - male

History - United States - Maine

Object - foliage - pine

Object - other - money

Occupation - farm - farmer

Occupation - industry - fishing

sculpture

metal - silver

relief

About Anthony de Francisci

Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964

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