Abraham Lincoln turns 200 in 2009

…and to celebrate the mint has designed new pennies.

Here is the announcement that was made at the Lincoln Memorial:


Lincoln was the first president portrait on US coins. The Lincoln Penny was originally introduced in 1909, on Lincoln’s 100th birthday. The Lincoln Memorial was put on the reverse (to replace the wheat) in 1959, his 150th birthday. They are going to change it again in 2009. Here is one of the designs. I wonder what book Lincoln is reading?


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