2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Cent Collection
The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 required the cent’s reverse be redesigned in 2009. This resulted in the mintage of four different coins showing scenes from Abraham Lincoln’s life in honor of the bicentennial of his birth. These four designs, unveiled September 22, 2008 at a ceremony held at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., are: Lincoln’s Birth and early childhood in Kentucky, Lincoln’s Formative years in Indiana, Lincoln’s Professional life in Illinois, and Lincoln’s Presidency in Washington, D.C.
Coins of America has packaged all 4 coin designs in a 5″ x 15″ trifold collection packed with interesting information about Lincoln’s life during each period of time.
- The first design of this series features a log cabin and Lincoln’s birth date 1809. It was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Jim Licaretz. This penny was released into circulation on Lincoln’s 200th birthday, February 12, 2009, at a special ceremony at LaRue County High School in Hodgenville, Kentucky, Lincoln’s birthplace. The mintage was extremely low compared to prior years. It’s been nicknamed the “Log Cabin Penny.”
- Formative years in Indiana is the second design which features a young Lincoln reading while taking a break from rail splitting. It was designed and sculpted by Charles Vickers. Nicknamed the “”Indiana Penny,”” it was released on May 14, 2009.”
- The third series portrays Lincolns Professional life in Illinois. This design features a young professional Lincoln standing before the state capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. It was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart. Nicknamaed the “Illinois Penny,” it was released on August 13, 2009.
- The fourth and final of the series depicts Lincolns Presidency in Washington, D.C. It features the half completed Capitol Dome. It was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna. This fourth penny was released on November 12, 2009.