2009 Lincoln Presidency Penny

2009 Lincoln Presidency Penny - Click to Enlarge

2009 Lincoln Presidency Penny - Click to Enlarge

The 2009 Lincoln Presidency Penny is the fourth and final 2009 Lincoln Cent to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. It was released into circulation on Nov. 12, 2009.

The design of the coin is representative of Lincoln's life while in Washington D.C., serving as the 16th President of the United States.

Unlike the second and third newly designed 2009 reverse (tails side) pennies, however, the final cent does not feature an image of the Lincoln anywhere, but instead a half-completed U.S. Capital dome as it appeared during his Presidency.

It symbolizes a "Nation torn apart by civil war and the resolve Lincoln showed as he guided the country through its most grave crisis," according to the United States Mint. "It was in front of the rising dome that Lincoln began his Presidency and under the completed dome that his body lay in state, having made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the Union and defend freedom and democracy."

While attending a play at Ford's theatre, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the back of the head by John Wilkes Booth. President Lincoln was carried across the street to the Peterson House, where he lied in a coma for 9 hours, before dying on April 15, 1865, at 7:22 a.m. at the age of 56. Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated.

The reverse was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Keeping the same design for 100 years, the obverse (heads side) has the Victor D. Brenner portrait of Lincoln. And unlike the portraits on all other US coins, Lincoln faces right.

The US Mint has already released several coin products that include collector versions of the new cents, to include the Presidency penny. Unlike the circulating varieties as depicted in the image above and the coin specifications below, these are struck in a bronze alloy matching the original 1909 Lincoln cent -- 95% copper, 3% zinc and 2% tin.

2009 Lincoln Cent Designs

The reverse designs of each 2009 cent represent the four major aspects of Abraham Lincoln's life. The four cents include:

  • Log Cabin Penny
    Birth and early childhood in Kentucky (1809-1816): Lincoln was born in a log cabin, and the coin with a cabin design is meant to signify the humble beginnings he experienced.

  • Rail Splitter Penny
    Lincoln's Formative Years in Indiana (1816-1830): Features a sitting image of Lincoln reading a book as he takes a break from rail-splitting

  • Professional Life Penny
    Lincoln's Professional Life in Illinois (1830-1861): Depicts Lincoln in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. It was here he became a lawyer and first ventured into politics.

  • Presidency Penny
    Lincoln's Presidency in Washington, DC (1861-1865)

The series was authorized as part of the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145), and one of several ways celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth in 2009.

Lincoln Presidency Coin Specifications

Mintmark: D (Philadelphia strikes have none)
Finish/Condition: Circulated
Composition: 2.5% Copper, 97.5% Zinc
Weight: 2.500 grams nominal
Diameter: 0.750 inches or 19.05 mm
Edge: Plain
Date of Issue: 12 November 2009
Mintages: Based on Demand
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Susan Gamble; Joseph Menna

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