President Signs Bill to Extend Lincoln Commission, Celebrate the Penny

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July 15, 2003 — President Bush signed July 14 a bill (S. 858) that would extend the duration of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to 2010.  The Commission, created by an act of Congress in 2000 to pay tribute to the life and accomplishments of President Lincoln, was set to expire next year.  "Keeping the Commission alive through 2010 is a terrific development for supporters of the penny, Lincoln enthusiasts and Americans," said Mark Weller, Executive Director of Americans for Common Cents, which includes more than 50 groups that support continued production of the penny.  According to Weller, the Commission is comprised of accomplished historians, collectors and elected officials who are planning and organizing the national celebration of Lincoln's 200th birthday on February 12, 2009.

Notably, the duties of the Commission include the possible minting of an Abraham Lincoln bicentennial penny in 2009.  "Support for a bicentennial penny in the context of paying tribute to Lincoln's legacy is linked to the coin's enduring value and Americans' affinity for it," Weller said.  Polling over the past decade continue to show public support for the penny ranging from 65% to 76%.  Weller also cited a December 2002 GAO (General Accounting Office) report which shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans want the Mint to continue penny production.  On the occasion of the bill signing, Americans for Common Cents noted that people may view the penny only in terms of its exchange value, but Abraham Lincoln's image on the coin and cultural significance to our country are noteworthy.  "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 (


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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Collapse of the zinc market means the penny is cheaper to make; saves taxpayers!

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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