In 2009, the United States Mint struck four different pennies and two silver dollars in celebration of the life and legacy of one of America’s greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln. 2009 Lincoln pennies commemorate the bicentennial birth of President Lincoln and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent.
While the obverse or heads side of these American coins have remained unchanged, new reverse designs beautifully portray facets of Lincoln’s life. The first, second and third cents have already launched into circulation. Here are small images and links to each of the four new American coins designs:
2009 Lincoln Cents
|Lincoln Cent Birthplace
|Lincoln Cent Professional Life
|Lincoln Cent Presidency
Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Kentucky. In 1909 the Congress passed a bill to change the design of the penny from the Indian head design to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest leaders in United States history, Abraham Lincoln. We’ve had Lincoln pennies ever since. The longest running coinage series of all US coins.
#1 Lincoln’s Birth
The first design of 2009 shows the Log Cabin where Lincoln was born, in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
#2 Lincoln’s Formative Years
The second design of 2009 shows Lincoln reading a book while taking a break from splitting logs for firewood. Lincoln grew up and spent his formative years in Indiana where he studied law and eventually became a lawyer.
#3 Lincoln’s Professional Life
The third design shows Lincoln in Illinois where he first became elected to the United States Senate.
#4 The Presidency
The fourth design shows the new White House in Washington DC, which was completed during Lincolns first term as president.
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