2009 Lincoln Cent Centennial

Next year the Lincoln Cent will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary.  The celebration will include four new reverse designs representing aspects of Lincoln’s life, as well as special collector’s versions of the coins.

The Lincoln Cent was first minted in 1909 to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday.  At the time the coin was minted in 95% copper with the balance of the composition in tin and zinc.  The obverse design featured a bust of Lincoln by Vincent D. Brenner, and the reverse featured a pair of “Wheat Ears.”  Because of the reverse design, these coins are sometimes referred to as “wheaties.”

The reverse design was changed in 1959 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth and the 50th anniversary of the Lincoln Cent.  The new design featured a rendition of the Lincoln Memorial. Close inspection will also reveal a likeness of the Lincoln Monument within the Memorial.

The festivities prepared for the 2009 Lincoln Cent are numerous.  Primarily the event will be celebrated with four new reverse designs.  These designs are intended to represent major stages of Lincoln’s life: his birth in Kentucky, his formative years in Indiana, his professional life in Iillinios, and his presidency in Washington, D.C.

The reverse design will be changed approximately every three months during 2009.  Starting in 2010, the reverse design will be changed once again to one which is emblematc of Lincoln’s preservation of the United States of America as a unified country.

Collector’s versions of the 2009 Lincoln Cent are also expected to be available.  These will included cents struck in the original composition of 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc.  Proof versions of the coins are also expected to be available in government issued proof sets.

Keep an eye out for additional news, 2009 is fast approaching!


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