Celebrating Lincoln and the Penny on His194th Birthday

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February 12, 2003 — "As Americans remember President Lincoln on his 194th birthday, it is appropriate to recognize his immense contributions to the country and a legacy that continues to enrich us daily," said Mark W. Weller, Executive Director of Americans for Common Cents (ACC).  ACC includes more than 50 groups that support continued production of the penny, which depicts President Lincoln's image on the front and the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the coin.

Weller noted that the image of President Lincoln is virtually synonymous with the penny.  "In 1909, Abraham Lincoln was the first historical figure to grace a U.S. coin when he was portrayed on the one-cent coin to commemorate his 100th birthday.  The Lincoln penny was also the first U.S. cent to include the words 'In God We Trust,'" ACC's Weller said.

Just 40 days before his assassination in 1865 (April 14), President Lincoln gave his Second Inaugural Address, one of the most famous speeches in American Presidential history.  In the midst of the Civil War, Lincoln combined compassion, seriousness of purpose, and determinationattributes that would serve us well today.  "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in," Lincoln said.

Weller noted the American public continues to have a strong cultural affinity for the penny and Lincoln.  Weller cited a January 2003 Coinstar national currency poll that found 71% of Americans believe the U.S. Mint should continue to produce the penny.

Weller also noted that a December 2002 General Accounting Office (GAO) report found 92% of Americans were satisfied with current coin denominations and coin designs.  The GAO conducted the study at the request of the Senate Appropriations Committee to analyze public sentiment regarding coin circulation and designs.

"People may view the penny only in terms of its exchange valuebut Lincoln is a unique cultural and historical figure," said Weller.  "It's not just that the front of the penny has had Lincoln's image since 1909, it's what Lincoln did for our nation.  He is what we think of as a president," Weller concluded.

Americans for Common Cents is a broad-based coalition of business and charitable organizations dedicated to keeping the penny.  ACC was formed in 1990 in response to Congressional threats to eliminate the one-cent coin (www.pennies.org).

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President's Day - A Time to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln and Cheaper Pennies

President's Day gives us the chance - at least once a year - to recognize Abraham Lincoln's immense contributions to the country and a legacy that continues to enrich us daily.

President Lincoln is a unique cultural and historical figure," said Mark Weller, Executive Director of Americans for Common Cents. "It's not just that the front of the penny has had Lincoln's image since 1909, it's what Lincoln did for our nation," Weller added "He possessed all the qualities we want in a president -- the ability to unite a divided nation, honesty, strength, and humility," Weller concluded.

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A collapse in metals prices means U.S. coins, including the penny, are less expensive to make. The penny has reached its lowest cost in seven years. Each 1-cent coin, made almost entirely of zinc, now costs the taxpayer much less to produce and its likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

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More than Two-Thirds of Americans Still Favor Keeping the Penny

Recent Poll Shows Increasing Penny Support and Concern About Price Increases If Penny Is Eliminated

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A poll released today by Americans for Common Cents (ACC) continues to show overwhelming and increasing support for the penny by the American public. 68% of those surveyed favor keeping the penny in circulation, representing a slight increase since the last poll in 2012.

"These results confirm the strong and unwavering support the penny continues to receive from Americans," said Mark Weller, Executive Director of ACC. Weller's group includes more than 50 organizations that support continued production of the penny.

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