2010 Lincoln Penny

The US Mint recently announced the reverse design that will be used on the one cent coin starting in 2010. Following the four different reverses of 2009, a final new reverse design will represent Lincoln’s legacy. Under the authorizing legislation, the design is emblemaic of Lincoln’s preservation of the United States of America as a single and united country.

2010 Lincoln PennyThe new design features the union shield. This is composed of thirteen stripes running vertically to represent the original thirteen states. A single bar runs horizontally to represent the states joined as a single union. This shield was used as early as the 1780’s and saw renewed usage during the Civil War.

Inscriptions on the reverse include the denomination “ONE CENT” written on a scroll placed over the shield, “E PLURIBUS UNUM” on the horizontal bar, and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” above the shield. The reverse was designed by Lyndall Bass and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

This design will be paired with the portrait of Lincoln for the obverse of the coin. This obverse was designed by Victor D. Brenner and has been used since 1909.

The new designs will appear on the 2010 Lincoln Penny and are expected to be used as a static design for the one cent coin into the foreseeable future.


#1 Greg Bernal on 12.23.09 at 1:54 pm

Not my choice! But, intresting just the same! I thiink the wheats would have been perfect w/ VDB along the bottom just like the original would have been awesome!!

#2 doug on 01.15.10 at 9:52 pm

i think so to

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