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First Penny Design Change in 50 Years
by U.S. Mint

United States Mint Director to Unveil New 2009 Penny Designs Honoring Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

United States Mint Director Ed Moy and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission will hold a news conference at the Lincoln Memorial on Monday, September 22, to unveil the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent designs-the first time the image on the penny has changed in 50 years.

In 2009, the United States Mint will introduce into circulation a series of four different one-cent coins in recognition of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent. While the obverse (heads side) will continue to bear the likeness of President Lincoln currently on the penny, the reverse (tails side) will change to bear four different designs, each representing a different phase in the life of Abraham Lincoln. The aspects of his life to be honored will be his birth and early childhood in Kentucky, his formative years in Indiana, his professional life in Illinois, and his Presidency in Washington, D.C.

The first redesigned penny will be issued on the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, February 12, 2009. The remaining redesigned pennies will be released at intervals throughout 2009.

WHAT: Unveiling of the four designs for the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
One-Cent Redesigns

WHO: United States Mint Director Ed Moy
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Co-Chairman Harold Holzer
Abraham Lincoln Re-enactor

WHEN: 10 a.m. ET, Monday, September 22, 2008

WHERE: Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Plaza
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