New 2009 Penny Designs
by U.S. Mint
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Plaza was
the backdrop today for the unveiling, by United
States Mint Director Ed Moy, of four new designs
for the circulating 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial
One Cent Coins. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
Commission Co-Chairman Harold Holzer joined
Director Moy for the unveiling.
Authorized by Public Law 109-145, the four new
designs celebrate the bicentennial of President
Abraham Lincoln's birth, as well as the 100th
anniversary of the production of the Lincoln
cent (penny). The new designs will be issued in
approximately three-month intervals throughout
the year. The first redesigned penny, which will
honor Lincoln's birth and early childhood, will
be put into circulation on February 12, 2009.
"This is a momentous occasion in the history of
our Nation's coinage because these designs
represent the first change in the Lincoln cent
in half a century," said Director Moy. "These
coins are a tribute to one of our greatest
Presidents whose legacy has had a lasting impact
on our country. He believed all men were created
equal, and his life was a model for
accomplishing the American dream through
honesty, integrity, loyalty, and a lifetime of
The four designs to be featured on the reverse
of the Lincoln pennies represent four major
aspects of President Lincoln's life: his birth
and childhood in Kentucky, his formative years
in Indiana, his professional life in Illinois
and his Presidency in Washington, D.C. The
inscriptions on the reverse of the coins will be
"United States of America," "E Pluribus Unum"
and "One Cent."
The obverse (heads side) of the one-cent coins
will continue to bear Victor David Brenner's
likeness of President Lincoln, introduced in
1909, and the motto "In God We Trust." At the
end of the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent
Coin Program, the reverse of the penny will
feature a design emblematic of President
Lincoln's preservation of the United States of
America as a single and united country.
A Lincoln commemorative silver dollar,
authorized by Public Law 109-285, also will be
released in 2009.