New Designs Recommended for the 2009 Lincoln Cent

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For Immediate Release:  September 26, 2007                                        

WASHINGTON, DC - To honor the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth in 2009, legislation was enacted in late 2005 suggesting four new penny designs. The new designs, for the back of the coin with the Lincoln Memorial, are to depict different aspects of Lincoln's life: his birth and early childhood in Kentucky; his formative years in Indiana; his professional life in Illinois; and his presidency in Washington, DC. From 38 Lincoln designs prepared by U.S. Mint artists, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) yesterday selected designs for three of the four proposed themes.

To honor Lincoln's birth and humble beginnings, the CCAC opted for two designs of a log cabin symbolizing the place of Lincoln's birth (images 1-02 and 1-05). The two designs differ only in the location of the date of Lincoln's birth, 1809.

Representing Lincoln's formative years in Indiana, a straight-on design of Lincoln taking notes as he reads a book was selected by the Committee (image 2-06). Several competing designs also showed Lincoln reading and writing and some showed him with an ax in his hand.

Emblematic of Lincoln's professional life in Illinois, the CCAC recommended a scene of Lincoln in the Illinois legislature standing by a table (design 3-08).
The Commission could not recommend a design intended to honor the Lincoln presidency and remembrance of him during Civil War years. Members of another advisory group, the Commission on Fine Arts, earlier selected a scene of the partially completed U.S. Capitol dome. Lincoln ordered work on the Capitol dome continue during the war as a symbol that the union would be preserved, but the CCAC was concerned that the public would not understand what was meant by the image of the unfinished Capitol.

The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission may be consulted before the Mint sends its final recommendation to the Department of Treasury. Each of the four new designs on the back of the penny will be released at the start of the calendar quarter in 2009. After 2009, the back of the penny will have a new design replacing the Lincoln Memorial.

Americans for Common Cents is a broad based and informal coalition of charitable organizations, historians, coin collectors and those involved in penny production who share a common interest in the penny's history and continued circulation. 


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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