2009 Lincoln Cents

2009 is the 100th anniversary of Lincoln cent. More importantly, it is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Like the very first 1909 penny designed to commemorate Lincoln's birth and life, four newly redesigned 2009 Lincoln Cents were created to continue the celebration of the16th President of the United States.

2009 Lincoln Cents - Click to Enlarge

2009 Lincoln Cents - Click to Enlarge

Keeping the same design for 100 years, the obverse (heads side) has the Victor D. Brenner portrait of Lincoln. The 2009 reverse designs, however, feature a different aspect of Abraham Lincoln's life.

2009 Log Cabin Penny - The reverse was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Jim Licaretz to show a log cabin, signifying Lincoln's Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky near Hodgenville, Kentucky from 1809 to 1816. It was released to the public on February 12th, 2009 during a ceremony held in Hodgenville celebrating 200 years since the President’s birth.

2009 Rail Splitter Penny - Designed and sculpted by Charles Vickers, this cent depicts Lincoln sitting on a log and reading a book as he takes a break from rail-splitting. It symbolizes his Formative Years in Indiana from 1816 to 1839. This second cent was issued May 14, 2009.

2009 Professional Life Penny - Designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart, this cent design has an image of Lincoln in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, depicting his Professional Life in Illinois from 1830 to 1861. It was in Illinois where Lincoln became a lawyer and first ventured into politics. This coin was released on August 13, 2009.

2009 Presidency Penny - Featuring a half-completed U.S. Capitol dome and symbolizing a Nation torn apart by civil war and the resolve Lincoln showed as he guided the country through its most grave crisis, the Presidency Penny represents Lincoln's Presidency in Washington D.C. from 1861 to 1865. The cent was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna and is expected to be released on November 12, 2009.

The US Mint also has several other products that include collector versions of the new cents. Unlike the circulating varieties as depicted in the image, these are struck in a bronze alloy matching the original 1909 Lincoln cent -- 95% copper, 3% zinc and 2% tin.


Additionally, two commemorative coins struck in 90% silver were also minted as a part of the bicentennial celebration.

2009 Lincoln Cent Specifications

Mintmark: 'D', Philadelphia strikes have none and 'S' for proof San Francisco pennies
Finish/Condition:Circulated, Uncirculated and Proof
Composition (Circulation/Proof):2.5% Copper, 97.5% Zinc; 95% copper, 3% zinc and 2% tin
Weight (Circulation/Proof): 2.500 grams nominal; 3.11 grams
Diameter: 0.750 inches or 19.05 mm
Edge: Plain
Date of Issue: 2009
Mintages: Based on Demand

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