Indiana Lincoln cent near family farm
by Rich Davis
The U.S. Mint will
introduce its new "Indiana" penny depicting
Abraham Lincoln's Hoosier years at 10 a.m. May
14 at the Lincoln Amphitheatre, near the
homestead where Lincoln grew up.
The design on the tails side of the penny shows
Lincoln as a young man reading a book while
taking a break from rail splitting.
The new coins will be distributed to children
ages 18 and under in attendance.
Rolls of never-circulated pennies featuring the
new design will be available after the ceremony.
Visitors will be able to purchase a minimum of
two rolls or a maximum of six, although the
latter number is subject to change.
The obverse (heads) of the redesigned Lincoln
penny will continue to bear sculptor Victor
David Brenner's likeness of President Lincoln,
introduced in 1909.
The designs being released this year honor
Lincoln's birth 200 years ago and to mark the
release of the original Lincoln penny 100 years
Each coin represents a different state and
period in Lincoln's life. A coin honoring
Kentucky, where he was born near Hodgenville,
was released in February.
Indiana's coin marks the 16th president's
Indiana years, from 1816 to 1830. Illinois and
Washington, D.C., coins will follow in
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