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26 Jan 2021

The Fifty States of Coinage- Part 19- Maine

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Well folks, we are on I-95 North, to the Northern-most point in the Continental US, home of lobster galore (gross, I like crab legs better) and lighthouses every 5 miles, to the point you don't stop for a photo anymore. Welcome to Maine, folks...

The original inhabitants of the territory of Maine were the Wabanaki people, including the Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, Penobscot, Androscoggin, and Kennebec (OK, enough with the hard-to-pronounce names!). European contact was first believed to have happened when in 1200 CE, the Norwegians landed in present-day Hancock County, mingling with the native Penobscot. The first confirmed European interaction was in 1609, when the Jesuits arrived. In 1652, the province became a part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The British, French in Montreal, and the Indian tribes within the states constantly took punches at each other. The British finally defeated both in Acadia in the 1740's. Later, disagreements led the residents of Maine to want to leave. In 1819, the state finally succeeded, becoming the 23rd state the following year. During the Civil War, the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment charged down Little Round Top at Gettysburg, helping the Union win day 2 of the battle and have a better position come Pickett's Charge. The state would end up producing the most amount of people, proportional to its population, to the war effort.

Today, Maine is a quiet, sparse state, known for the beautiful craggy cliffs and the tons of fresh fish the come ashore every year. Famous residents include William Cohen, L.L. Bean, George Bush, Robert Peary, Hannibal Hamlin, Nelson Rockefeller, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and E.B. White.

For the 19th time, first to mind is the 50 State Quarters and the ATB quarters. The 50 state quarter features a lighthouse, not anyone in particular, and a light beacon shining from the top of the tower, guiding the ship in the nearby harbor to shore. On the ATB quarter, is another lighthouse of a craggy cliff, the Bass Harbor Lighthouse, in Acadia National Park, one of the few National Parks east of the Mississippi. That is just a small showing of Acadia's beauty, which has ladder trails, Mt. Kathadin, and wonders of the Eastern Seaboard.

To classic commems, now. The first one is from 101 years ago. The coin celebrates Maine's succession from Massachusetts and the 100th anniversary of the gaining of statehood. The coin is rather plain, with the state seal on the front, with the mottoDridgo, and on the back, in boring typeface, "Maine Centennial, 1920." This was a preview of Anthony di Francisci's work, who would work on the Peace Dollar the next year. And later, during the commemorative boon of 1936, was another commemorative, this time commemorating the first established county in Maine, York County, Maine. Yet again, the design is relatively bland, and their was many striking problems during production. The project manager, Walter P Nichols was not the typical bad scamming guy, and he was lauded by the numismatic community.

Thank you! And see you later on our tour of the US!

Link to Numismaster's Numismastery 101.-https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Wi6UyPyooa8EbwdPHY6nf2Z5JGKVfIaS?usp=sharing



Level 4

Fantastic info! I haven't been to Maine but I regularly visit (well not during the last year) family in Nags Head, NC...Beautiful nature and Lighthouses out there as well!


Level 5

I really like it that you always start with the original settlers from each state. That's something a lot of us aren't aware of. Thanks for the great blog!


Level 7

King crab is better. 80.00 a pound now!

walking liberty

Level 4

i agree crab is better


Level 6

Great information! Thanks!


Level 5

Nice info and blog. Thank you.


Level 7

Love Maine. Went there for ten years to prepare for a shows Broadway and off broadway. We had a huge building and there was 8 of us to ten. It was in Belfast Maine. The coldest I have ever been in my life. We would rehearse for two to three weeks and take the show on the road. This is something you will enjoy. No poison snakes in Maine. That's what they told us . In the years I never saw one.!! Thank you my friend for a real blog it was so nice to read. I read it twice.thank you!!


Level 5

I want to travel to Maine. Nice blog. That centennial coin is awesome ! Thanks

It's Mokie

Level 6

I have never been to Maine but I think I would really love it. Thanks for an interesting blog.


Level 5

Love it! Ive been to maine a few times. Beautiful area.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thank you for another informative mall


Level 5

Nice blog!

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