Penny Gets First Change(!) In 50 Years

September 23, 2008


To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the U.S. Mint is redesigning the penny and releasing four new designs. That's them in the picture.

The designs show milestones in the life of the 16th president: the Kentucky log cabin of his birth, his youth working as an Indiana rail splitter, his service at the State Capitol in Illinois, and his effort to preserve the union during the Civil War as depicted by a half-finished image of the U.S. Capitol dome.

The first of the coins debuts Feb. 12, with the others following in three-month intervals. The release date, besides being Lincoln's birthday, comes a century after the production of the original Lincoln cent in 1909.

Eh, I would have gone with a more traditional image -- like standing over a dead bear with a plasma rifle, puffing on a stick of dynamite. You know, the classic Lincoln pose.

New Lincoln penny designs unveiled [cnnmoney]

Thanks to Alex, who thought these were the new Lyle Lovett pennies.

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