2021 Silver Treasures of the United States: Illinois with Fluorite 1oz Proof Coin

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2021 Silver Treasures of the United States: Illinois with Fluorite 1oz Proof Coin

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2021 Silver Treasures of the United States Coin Series: Illinois with Encapsulated Fluorite 1 Troy Ounce .999 Fine Silver Proof Coin in Black Presentation Box with Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and Informational Brochure

Follow the Treasures of the United States as this coin series features each state minted in alphabetical order. Each coin in this unique series contains a native piece of state pride and features incredible designs to honor each of the 50 states. Marvel at the unparalleled detail, find hidden illustrations of state culture, and learn many interesting facts about the states and their discoveries. All of the items inside the coins are natural items that are responsibly sourced. Contents vary in value and scarcity, but all are important elements for the state they represent. With a mintage of just 500, you can be sure about the rarity of this inspiring set as we walk through history around the nation and celebrate the 50 states like never before. As the 13th in the series, this coin features the state of Illinois with encapsulated Fluorite. The design features include the following: State flag, State flower (common blue violet), state bird (Northern Cardinal), Abraham Lincoln, Modern day vs. early 1th century Chicago, Native Americans in canoes, and Log cabin of the Lincoln family log cabin era.

Treasures of the United States: Illinois

Welcome to Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, where a young Abraham started his political career. The state of Illinois was named after the Illinois River. The river was named by French explorer Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle in 1679 after the Native Americans he found living along the banks. Illinois is the French spelling for the Native American word “iliniwok,” meaning men or warriors.

For the first third of the 19th century, the fur trade was the economic mainstay of Chicago. Traders and travelers would pass through in their boats as a point of transit between the French and American settlements up and down the Mississippi Valley.

As part of a more than fifty-year-old Chicago custom, the Chicago River is dyed green in observance of St. Patrick’s Day. The tradition arose by accident when plumbers used fluorescein dye to trace sources of illegal pollution discharges. The dyeing of the river is still sponsored by the local plumbers union.

Fluorite is a colorful mineral with primarily ornamental uses. Many samples of fluorite exhibit fluorescence under ultraviolet light, a property that takes its name from fluorite. Fluorite is an important industrial mineral as it is used in the production of steel (as a flux or cleaning agent), to make hydrofluoric acid (for pottery, optics, and plastics), to make opalescent glass, and in enameling cookware. Illinois is the largest producer of fluorite in the United States and in 1965 fluorite was designated as the official state mineral of Illinois.

With a tiny mintage of just 500, this 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver coin features the patented "moving parts within a coin" technology, embedded within the silver coin is Fluorite, visible through a transparent capsule. This Treasures of the United States coin is struck in Proof quality and bears a denomination of $10 Legally authorized by the Mesa Grande Sovereign Nation.

Each Treasures of the United States Coin will arrive in the original protective plastic capsule in a black presentation/gift box along with a certificate of authenticity and an informational brochure.

Quality: Proof
Composition: .999 Fine Silver
Diameter: 39.6mm
Weight: 1 Ounce
Contents: Fluorite
Mintage: 500
Issuing Country: Mesa Grande Sovereign Nation
Issue Year: 2021
Denomination: $10
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