U.S. Mint Plans to Introduce New Abraham Lincoln Pennies in 2009

Four new Lincoln pennies will hit the streets in 2009. (Credit: Newsvine.com)

Honest Abe will get a facelift in 2009 when four different pictures of his daily life will be included in upcoming pennies.  This will be the first changes to the one cent coin in 50 years.

The coin changes are part of the government’s commemoration next year of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday.

Lincoln’s profile will remain on one side of the coin but the Lincoln Memorial will be replaced on the other side by the new images, with a different one being introduced every three months.

Below is a brief explanation of each new Lincoln image:

  1. The first new design will depict a log cabin, representing the place in Kentucky where Lincoln was born in 1809.
  2. The second design will feature a young Lincoln taking a break from working as a rail splitter in Indiana by reading a book.
  3. The third design will show Lincoln as a young lawyer standing in front of the old state capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.
  4. The fourth and final design will display the half-completed Capitol dome, evoking Lincoln’s famous order that construction of the Capitol should continue during the Civil War as a symbol that the Union would continue.

The first new penny is scheduled to go into circulation starting on Feb. 12, Lincoln’s birthday, and then every three months after that.

I’m so glad for my friend Abe Lincoln, that his famous relative is being honored by the U.S. Treasury Department.  Good Day!

Source: Design changes unveiled for Lincoln penny – Newsvine.com

2 thoughts on “U.S. Mint Plans to Introduce New Abraham Lincoln Pennies in 2009”

  1. Someone other than you sent me a notice about this and I read it with enthusiasm because the penny has been around in its form for a long time or so it seems to me. I much prefer the penny before my cousin was on it and they are worth a lot of money nowadays. As you might imagine, I have a coin collection too but it is small but most standards.

    This is an interesting post.

  2. Hi Abe:

    The Lincoln penny has been in circulation for a very long time. Your cousin is greatly admired in your country and around the globe as well.

    The goodness is in your family.

    Best regards,


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