1918 Illinois Centennial

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by James Boat, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. James Boat

    James Boat Member

    Another commerative half dollar. Thank you in advance on your grading/value advice.


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  3. eddiespin

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  4. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    MS64. That toning hurts it more than it helps it. Don't know what they're going for these days.
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  5. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I'll go with MS Details Cleaned.
  6. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    The toning is ugly on that coin and it appears to have been cleaned in the past so details grade. Welcome to CT.
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  7. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Something's responsible for the splotchy way that toned. Could be the surface was meddled with at some point, I agree.
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  8. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Gotta agree, that funk on the coin ruins it for me! Welcome to the forum James! ;)
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  9. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    Didn't Sammie Smith do that first?
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  10. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Could be, I think. Arlo Guthrie I'm sure wasn't the first.
  11. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

  12. "City of New Orleans" is a country folk song written by Steve Goodman (and first recorded for Goodman's self-titled 1971 album), describing a train ride from Chicago to New Orleans on the Illinois Central Railroad's City of New Orleans in bittersweet and nostalgic terms.

    Goodman got the idea while traveling on the Illinois Central line for a visit to his wife's family. The song has been recorded by numerous artists both in the US and Europe, including two major hit versions: first by Arlo Guthrie in 1972, and later by Willie Nelson in 1984.

    An article in the September 2017 issue of Trains magazine chronicles the writing and recording of the song and includes a biographical sketch of Steve Goodman.
  13. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    I heard years ago it hit an open switch. That makes sense when you consider the lyrics, then get to the line, "...and the steel rail still ain't heard the news." It ain't heard it was open up ahead. But that's the clue, at least as I'd always heard it...
  14. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    My Grandfather and Father were Engineers on the CB&Q. They worked from Central Illinois to Central Iowa. I was a Conductor on those same routes. My other Grandfather was a Shop Superintendent on Steam on the same line. This goes back to about 1900. When I heard the song it described the past, present and future of railroads. I had seen live all the lines expressed in the song. Sort of a 'been there, done that' feeling. I wasn't sure of the history of the song, but I can tell you that it is very accurate and appropriate.
  15. White Ger. Shep. Lover

    White Ger. Shep. Lover Well-Known Member

    Just give me 2 days and a bottle of Wild Turkey (not for the coin....at least not intended for Mr. Boat's coin) and I'll make a new coin of this rascal.
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