Lincoln Commemorative Dollar Designs
United States Mint Deputy Director Andrew
Brunhart unveiled designs for the 2009 Abraham
Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar during the
annual Dedication Day Ceremony at Soldiers'
National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
The unveiling took place on the 145th
anniversary of the dedication of Soldiers'
National Cemetery, where Abraham Lincoln
delivered his famous Gettysburg Address in 1863.
Renowned historical documentary director Ken
Burns, Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania Vice
President Ronald L. Hankey and Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) Co-Chairman
Harold Holzer also participated in the ceremony.
"It is my great honor to represent the United
States Mint on the 145th anniversary of Abraham
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," Deputy Director
Brunhart said. "It is also my great privilege to
introduce the designs for the 2009 Abraham
Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar to the
The obverse (heads side) of the Abraham Lincoln
Commemorative Silver Dollar was created by
United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program
Master Designer Justin Kunz and sculpted by
United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don
Everhart. The image, symbolic of Lincoln's
strength and resolve, was inspired by Daniel
Chester French's famous sculpture of the
President that sits inside the Lincoln Memorial
in Washington, D.C. Inscriptions on the obverse
are LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2009.
The coin's reverse (tails side) was designed and
executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver
Phebe Hemphill. The design features the
following inscription: WE HERE HIGHLY RESOLVE
THAT THESE DEAD SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN -
THAT THIS NATION, UNDER GOD, SHALL HAVE A NEW
BIRTH OF FREEDOM - AND THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE
PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, SHALL NOT
PERISH FROM THE EARTH. These immortal words-the
last 43 words of the Gettysburg Address-are
encircled by a laurel wreath. Above the wreath
is the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Below the wreath, Lincoln's signature is incused
in the center of a curling banner. ONE DOLLAR
and E PLURIBUS UNUM are incused on either side
of his signature.
The United States Mint is authorized to mint and
issue 500,000 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative
Silver Dollar coins to commemorate the 200th
anniversary of his birth in 1809. Authorized by
Public Law 109-285, the Abraham Lincoln
Commemorative Silver Dollars will be struck at
the United States Mint at Philadelphia in proof
and uncirculated versions. Surcharges collected
from the sale of these commemorative coins are
authorized to be paid to the ALBC to further its
The United States Mint will begin accepting
orders for the Abraham Lincoln Commemorative
Silver Dollar in early 2009.