SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is encouraging the public to vote for one of five final designs in the Bicentennial Coin Contest.
The winning design will be minted on one side of the coin and distributed to commemorate the Illinois Bicentennial. The back of the coin will feature the state seal.
“We invite the public to participate in Illinois’ bicentennial celebration by voting for their favorite commemorative coin design,” Frerichs said this week.
The treasurer’s office is accepting electronic votes from the public for the Bicentennial Coin Contest through June 15. Each design depicts an aspect of Illinois or Illinois history. The final winner will be announced on June 18.
Participants can cast their votes at www.IllinoisCoinContest.com. Click on an image of a coin below to see a high-resolution image and read a description provided by the artist.
To pre-order a commemorative bicentennial coin, click here.
The Commemorative Medallions Act authorizes the state treasurer to issue medallions or coins to commemorate popular contemporaneous events of statewide interest.
The State of Illinois will celebrate its 200th birthday on Dec. 3.
For more information and to follow updates about the Illinois Bicentennial events and celebrations, visit www.illinois200.com.