Bicentennial Medallion Design Contest

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2018 Bicentennial Medallion Design Contest

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In 1818, Illinois became the 21st state admitted to the Union. December 3, 2018 will mark the State's 200th anniversary. For two centuries, the Prairie State has been a national and international crossroad, from the days of Cahokia's mound builders to being a current hub of innovation, creativity, and industrial output. The bicentennial of our statehood is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many cultural, political, economic, and academic contributions that Illinois and its residents have made to the nation and the world. As such, the Illinois State Treasurer's Office is calling on designers young and old to submit artwork for consideration to be emblazoned on one side of the 2018 bicentennial medallion. 


Contest Details

The contest timeline to submit a design is now through May 1, 2018. All designs must be submitted via the official online form located here. Submissions will be judged initially by the treasurer's office based on content uniqueness, creativity, quality, accuracy, and completion. Contestants must be Illinois residents and may only submit one design. The top five designs will be made available for the public to vote on between June 1, 2018 and June 15, 2018 on the treasurer's office website.  A final winner will be announced on June 18, 2018.

The contest winner will be announced via release and social media. Treasurer Frerichs also will host an official unveiling of the medallion design. The contest winner will be notified prior to the official announcement.

Please read all contest terms and conditions.* Questions should be directed to Maria Oldani via e-mail ( or phone (217.782.9598).


*The medallion size will be 36.6 mm from inside edge-to-edge, and 38.6 mm from outside edge-to-edge. Only vector-based file formats (e.g., PDF, AI, SVG & EPS) will be accepted. 

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