The penny is a alive and doing well, in spite of predictions of its demise. The U.S. Mint has unveiled four new penny designs in honor of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial in 2009. The Lincoln penny will have four new looks.
Abraham Lincoln was born on February12, 1809, 200 years ago. As part of Lincoln’s 200 year celebration, four new penny designs have been unveiled by the U.S. Mint and the Lincoln Bicentennial committee.
The design of the head of the penny will remain the same, but four new designs will be released on the tail of the copper penny.
The first Lincoln penny was released on the Lincoln Sesquicentennial, or what would have been his 100 year birthday. The Lincoln head penny was the first coin to honor an actual person. Before the Lincoln head penny, coins had more generic designs or an Indian head.
The new designs are the first changes to the penny since 1959, when America celebrated the Lincoln Sesquicentennial.
The four new pennies represent four key eras in the life of the beloved president who led the United States from the divisive Civil War that threatened the nation.
In February, the Kentucky Penny will be released. The Kentucky Penny commemorates Lincoln’s humble origins in Kentucky. Lincoln was born in a rugged log cabin in 1809 and lived on a Kentucky farm until 1816. The penny features a log cabin, representing his childhood years. The Kentucky Penny as designed by Richard Masters. Jim Licaretz was the Sculptor-Engraver.
In May the Indiana Penny, depicting Lincoln’s formative years, will be released. Lincoln grew into a young many in Indiana, where his family lived from 1816 until 1829. The Indiana Penny design features young Lincoln as he takes a reading break from his work as a rail splitter. The Indiana Penny was designed and sculpted by Charles Vickers.
Illinois is where Lincoln lived most of his life, from 1830 – 1861. Lincoln began his legal career and his political career in Springfield, Illinois, the state capitol. The Illinois Penny depicts Abraham Lincoln as a young professional as he stands in front of the old state capitol building. The Illinois Penny was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart.
District of Columbia Penny
The D.C. Penny will be released in November. The final penny of the series depicts the era when Lincoln was the President of the United States, 1861-1865. The District of Columbia Penny depicts the U.S. Capitol, half finished. The penny was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna.
After the four 2009 pennies, there will be another new coin design. Pennies starting in 2010 will have an image representing Abraham Lincoln’s preservation of a single and united country, The United States of America.
Lincoln Bicentennal website
Additional information about the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial penny program can be found on the U.S. Mint’s Web site at www.usmint.gov.
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