Sign of Unity
By Debbie Bradley
wheat sheaf symbolizing unity is the choice for
the reverse of the 2010 Lincoln cent by the U.S.
Commission of Fine Arts.
"It represents the unity of the nation," said
Commission Secretary Tom Luebke.
The commission, which met April 28 in
Washington, D.C., preferred the wheat design
over 17 other designs, primarily shields, eagles
and buildings, presented for consideration.
"The commission focused on (the wheat) option
No. 18, which they thought worked best at the
scale of the penny," Luebke said.
Commission members were taken, however, with the
design of an eagle on option No. 17, calling it
one of the best depictions they'd seen, Luebke
The recommendation of the wheat sheaf for the
design will go to the United States Mint, with
one suggested alteration.
Commission members did ask that the words "One
Cent" be spelled out and that the words "One
Nation" be omitted, he said.
The reverse design for the 2010 Lincoln cent by
law is to be "an image emblematic of President
Lincoln's preservation of the United States of
America as a single and united country."
The CFA also considered five design options for
the reverse of the 2010 Native American dollar.
Four of the designs featured a tree, but the
commission favored a design featuring bundled
arrows representing the five nations, Luebke
That design was felt to have a better visual
composition, noting that the designs featuring a
tree were difficult to represent to scale on the
The obverse of the coin will feature the
Sacagawea portrait, with the reverse design
changing annually to reflect Native American
themes and culture.
The CFA recommendation will be forwarded to the