Harold Washington became the 42nd Mayor of Chicago on April 29, 1983.
Born in 1922 at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Washington enjoyed a long and distinguished career and is remembered as one of Illinois' most beloved public servants.
An attorney by profession, Harold Washington began his political career as a Precinct Captain in Chicago's Third Ward in 1954. After serving in the Illinois State Senate for fourteen years, he was elected to represent Illinois in the United States Congress in 1981.
In 1983, Washington returned home and ran as the Democratic candidate for Mayor of Chicago. Elected with 52% of the vote, he became Chicago's first African-American Mayor, holding that office until he died of a sudden heart-attack in 1987.
As part of the Illinois Commemorative Medallion Series, this coin honors Harold Washington's dedicated service to the State of Illinois. The obverse features a bust of the former Chicago Mayor. The reverse bears the seal of the State of Illinois.
This coin is minted in a brass alloy with a unique bronze finish. Each coin comes packaged with a Certificate of Authenticity that highlights Harold Washington's many accomplishments.