Redesigned Lincoln Pennies Released Into Circulation

2009-Lincoln-Bicentennial-Penny-One-Cent-Obverse.jpg You have probably heard the news by now: the U.S. Mint has decided to honor the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth with 4 special new pennies that depict the legendary president throughout his life.

The first design was released on Lincoln’s 200th birthday, February 12, 2009.

The 2009 Lincoln penny represents the first change to the denomination since 1959. It was in 1959 that the current Lincoln Memorial design (seen on the reverse) was first used.

In fact, 2008 was the last year of the Lincoln Memorial design.

In 2010, the United States Mint will begin using a new reverse (tails side) design that honors Abraham Lincoln’s ability to keep our nation one whole Union.

2009 Lincoln Pennies

While the reverse design of the Lincoln Memorial may no longer be used on the penny, the famous profile of Lincoln will remain on the obverse (heads side).

The 4 new 2009 Lincoln cents are significant in that they honor not only the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, but also the centennial of the very first Lincoln cent, struck in 1909.

The 4 new Lincoln cents will be released one every calendar quarter in 2009. Lincoln’s life will be chronologically followed:

  • The first Lincoln cent depicts Lincoln’s early childhood years in Kentucky.
  • The second penny reflects Lincoln’s formative years in Indiana.
  • The third cent in the series highlights Lincoln’s professional life in Illinois.
  • The fourth redesigned Lincoln cent honors Abraham Lincoln’s presidency in DC.

Here they are in order:


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Fun Facts About The 2009 Lincoln Cent

Circulation strikes of the 2009 Lincoln cent will be made from the same 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper composition that has been used since 1982.

However, the U.S. Mint will be striking some 2009 Lincoln cents with a 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc composition, which was the same metallic combination used to strike 1909 pennies. These majority-copper Lincoln pennies will be included in some of the U.S. Mint product offerings for 2009.


Other Interesting Notes About Lincoln Pennies

  • The 2009 Lincoln cent redesigns were approved by Title III of Public Law 109-145.
  • The Secretary of the Treasury consulted with members from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Commission of the Fine Arts.
  • The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee reviewed the designs for the 2009 Lincoln cents.
  • New designs will be struck roughly every 13 weeks.


What Will The 2009 Lincoln Pennies Be Worth?

The question for which many people want an answer is "how much will the new Lincoln pennies be worth?"

That answer cannot be determined yet.

While the number of 2009 Lincoln cents will probably amount to the billions (if recent history is any indication) and, thus be highly common, there is always the chance for a special, rare error or variety to surface.

Like the widely circulating 50 states quarters, which were struck from 1999 through 2008, the 2009 Lincoln cents should be very easy to find in circulation.

If you are going to try and get your hands on some of the new pennies, it may be wise for you to either try ordering the coins directly from the U.S. Mint or go to your nearest bank to order rolls of the new coins. A roll of pennies, by the way, costs only 50 cents.

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of both the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, food, and living green.

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