Four New Penny Designs Honor Lincoln Bicentennial

Press Release
Contact: Mark Weller
(202) 408-3933
For Immediate Release:  September 22, 2008

Washington, DC - It is fitting and proper, as President Lincoln would say, to honor the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth with four new penny designs.  Authorized by legislation enacted in late 2005, the new designs depict different aspects of our 16th President's life on the reverse or "tails" side of the coin. 

  • Birth and early childhood in Kentucky (1809-1816) - shows a simple log cabin and represents Lincoln's modest roots.
  • Formative years in Indiana (1816-1830) - depicts a young Lincoln reading while taking a break from work as a rail splitter in Indiana.
  • Professional life in Illinois (1830-1861) - features Lincoln as a young professional in front of the Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.
  • Presidency in Washington, D.C. (1861-1865) - depicts the half-finished Capitol dome.  Lincoln ordered work on the Capitol dome to continue during the Civil War as a symbol that the union would be preserved.

The new pennies will be released into circulation in February 2009, beginning with the Kentucky penny.  Every three months in 2009, the U.S. Mint will circulate new coins including the Indiana penny in May, the Illinois penny in August, and the Presidential coin in November.

"President Lincoln's political and cultural significance to our nation is extraordinary," said Mark Weller, the Executive Director of Americans for Common Cents.  "Lincoln's image has graced our coin since 1909, the 100th anniversary of his birth, and its important to pay tribute to his lasting impact on our country, " Weller continued.  The Lincoln penny was a major departure from previous coinage since it depicted a real historical figure for the first time. 

The four penny designs can be viewed here

Mark W. Weller, Executive Director
Americans for Common Cents


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:

For more information, you should call your local Chapter which may be found by going to the Society's website at:

Please note Americans for Common Cents does not get actively engaged in any fundraising activities.

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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