Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Asked to Consider Minting New Penny

Contact: Mark Weller

Washington, DC (Feb. 25) President Clinton today signed into law the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Act, an act establishing a 15-member commission to determine how the nation should celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth in 2009 and charging the commission to consider the minting of a Lincoln bicentennial penny.

Americans for Common Cents Director Mark Weller said, "Americans for Common Cents applauds the Congress for asking the Commission to consider minting a bicentennial Lincoln penny. The bicentennial coin would demonstrate the enduring value of the penny and would be a fitting tribute to President Lincoln that every American could own and cherish."

Congress created a similar commission in 1906 for the centennial of Lincoln's birth that ultimately led to the minting of the Lincoln penny and building of the Lincoln Memorial.

Lincoln became the first historical figure to grace a U.S. coin upon its release on August 2, 1909. Designed by Victor D. Brenner, the Lincoln penny was also the first U.S. cent to include the words "In God We Trust." Congress passed the law authorizing the use of this expression on our coins during Lincoln's presidency. In 1959, the Lincoln Memorial was added to the reverse of the penny by U.S. Mint engraver Frank Gasparro to mark Lincoln's 150th birthday. It is the only U.S. coin to depict the same person on both sides -- upon careful inspection, the his statue can be seen inside the Memorial.

The commission's 15 appointed members will be selected by the President, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House, and the Majority and Minority leaders of the Senate. The Governors of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky are also asked to recommend one commission member each. The commission is required to submit its report to Congress by February 12, 2004.

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

For additional information regarding the Lincoln penny, please contact Mark Weller at 800/561-7909 or visit the ACC website:


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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Special Announcement!

Pennies for Pasta and Pennies for Patients

These are run by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through its local chapters as part of its renamed Student Series program:

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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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